New Dutch tanker type underway at Meyer

11 Nov 2011
New type to join Veder’s ‘Coral Methane’

New type to join Veder’s ‘Coral Methane’

Work has begun in Germany on an environmentally friendly Dutch LNG tanker type which will run on both heavy oil and low emission LNG fuel and is the first of her kind for both her owners and her builders.

Tom Todd writes: The Coral Energy is for the Anthony Veder gas shipping company in Rotterdam. She has already been chartered to Norway’s Skangass on completion in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The first steel for the newbuild has just been cut at Germany’s Meyer Werft. That yard’s subsidiary Neptun Werft in Warnemünde will also be involved, not only in her construction but also in her fitting-out.

Veder booked the ship in January and few details were given at that time except that the German yard was entering brand new territory with her design and construction. Now, not only her name but also further details have been released. She will be 156m long and 22.7m wide and operate at speeds up to 15.8 knots. Veder said she will have a cargo capacity of 15,600m3 which can be cooled to minus 164ºC. She will have about twice the capacity of the 7,500m3 multi-purpose LNG/LPG/ LEG Coral Methane, her Polish-built predecessor which went into service with Veder in 2009.

Veder MD Jan Valkier said: “We are excited about our next step in LNG with this innovative ship, the first of its type” while Meyer Managing Partner Bernard Meyer said: “We see a great future for the smaller scale LNG market”. Meyer was also quoted as adding the yard had “been able to further expand its competence” in the field of eco-friendly propulsion.

Veder operates a fleet of more than 20 gas tankers of up to about 38,500m3 and reports four further newbuildings on order. It said it had worked together with Meyer Werft since the mid 1970s. The German shipyard, best known for its cruise ships, has already built 55 LPG and LEG carriers.

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