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Nakilat completes LNG newbuild programme

Nakilat completes LNG newbuild programme

Doha: Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) and vessel charterer Qatargas Operating Company have named the final four Q-Max LNG carriers.?The new ships were officially named at a special ceremony held at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea.?The first ship was named "Shagra" the second "Zarga" the third ship "Aamira" and the fourth vessel "Rasheeda", said a Nakilat spokesman in a communiqué to the Qatar Exchange.?"Our massive LNG fleet comprising 54 ships is now complete. During the next year all of our 25 wholly-owned new LNG ships, 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex, will be fully operational," Nakilat managing director Muhamad Ghannam said.?These 25 vessels, along with the 29 jointly-owned ships, built by the South Korean shipyards, form the largest LNG fleet in the world. Thirty-two of these LNG carriers will be dedicated to Qatargas, he said.?The ships have set new standards for the LNG industry. The Q-Max is 80% larger in capacity than conventional LNG carriers while the Q-Flex is 50% larger.  [10/11/09]

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