NYK and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) have, on behalf of their co-owned joint venture company Diamond LNG Shipping 1 Pte. Ltd., carried out a naming ceremony at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. The 293.5 metre dual-fuel hybrid vessel with 165,000 m3 cargo capacity will be delivered on June 29 this year.
The NYC-MC joint venture has a long-term time-charter contract with Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of MC located in Singapore.
At the ceremony, the ship was named Diamond Gas Orchid by Hidenori Takaoka, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Corporation, and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Takaoka’s wife.
The ship will transport LNG from the U.S. state of Louisiana for the Cameron LNG project, in which NYK and MC both have a stake, as well as from other locations around the world. The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management.
The new LNG vessel is a Sayaringo STaGE next-generation LNG carrier, which has a continuous steel cover that reduces ship weight and air resistance while increasing LNG-carrying capacity. The name “Sayaringo” is derived from the fact that the upper semi-sphere of the tank is larger than the lower semi-sphere, resembling the shape of an apple (“ringo” in Japanese) covered by a pod of a pea (“saya” in Japanese).
Steam Turbine and Gas Engines
The Diamond Gas Orchid is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system named STaGE (Steam Turbine and Gas Engines), a highly efficient reheating steam-type marine turbine and a dual-fuel diesel engine capable of operating on both gas and oil, which creates a highly fuel efficient propulsion system. Diamond Gas Orchid is the first Sayaringo STaGE vessel to have both the next-generation LNG cargo tank structure and propulsion system.
In accordance with its new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” the NYK Group seeks to secure stable freight rates through long-term contracts and continue its efforts to contribute to a stable supply of LNG as an environment-friendly energy.