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Imabari delivers first ever LNG ship

Tokyo: The Imabari Shipbuilding Group has delivered Japan's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier according to tank capacity to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line) and Mitsui & Co. The 79,556dwt Trinity Arrow (pictured), which has a 154,982 m3 tank capacity, is the first LNG vessel by the group and was constructed at its Koyo Dockyard. The ship establishes Imabari's position as an established LNG player despite a number of delays in the delivery.
 
The Trinity Arrow boasts the world's first Trapezoidal Tank in horizontal direction and environmentally-friendly Reinforced Polyurethane Foam (R-Puf) for heat insulation, which the builder claims is responsible for the larger capacity of the No.1 tank as well as low boil-off gas rate. The tanker is to be managed by K" Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited and will be chartered to a subsidiary of American energy company Cheniere Energy.

The vessel is to be used for world-wide transportation of LNG, including to LNG receiving terminals being developed by Cheniere Energy in the US.  [02/04/08]
 

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