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Friday, October 23, 2020 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced the naming of a newbuild LNG tanker, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping, at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China.

The vessel is the last of four new conventional LNG carriers for the Yamal LNG Project and was named LNG Megrez after a star in the constellation Ursa Major.

MOL has been operating 14 LNG carriers built in China for other projects, and LNG Megrez will become the 15th LNG carrier built there to join its fleet. For the construction of the four newbuilding conventional LNG Carriers for the Yamal LNG Project, MOL assigned technical experts to Hudong to form a shipbuilding supervision team made up of about 40 personnel. For the first three vessels, MOL accomplished their construction either earlier or on the original schedule. Although the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the construction of LNG Megrez, she is expected to be completed and delivered from the yard in a timely manner, despite the safety measures which had to be taken .

With these carriers, MOL will continue to work to provide a safe and stable LNG transportation service from the Yamal LNG plant.

LNG Megrez is 295m long, 45m beam and is equipped with membrane type LNG tanks with total capacity 174,000m3. Owned on a 50/50 basis by MOL and China COSCO Shipping, she will be managed by MOL LNG Transport (Europe).

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