Japan Orders $1.8B in LNG Tankers

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
According to a Bloomberg report, Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., Japan's two largest shipping lines, will join Qatar in ordering $1.8 billion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to carry the fuel to North America. The ships will be built in as yet-unnamed South Korean yards. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Japan's third-biggest shipping company, Iino Kaiun Kaisha Ltd. and trading house Mitsui & Co. are also among the investors, according to the report. The Japanese group is buying more LNG tankers as trade in the fuel increases and shipping lines prepare for a forecast decline in rates to transport containers to the U.S. and Europe. Power plants and other companies are switching to cleaner- burning LNG, or gas chilled to liquid, after oil prices surged. Source: Bloomberg

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