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Friday, August 21, 2020 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has held a naming ceremony for an LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping, at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China.

The vessel was named LNG Phecda after a star in the constellation Ursa Major. LNG Phecda is the third of four newbuild conventional LNG Carriers for the Yamal LNG Project announced at the end of June 2017, and the sister vessel of the LNG Dubhe and LNG Merak which were delivered in November 2019 and January 2020 respectively at the same shipyard.

MOL has been operating 13 LNG carriers built in China for other projects, and LNG Phecda will become the 14th LNG carrier built in China to join the fleet. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic occurring during the construction of LNG Phecda, she is expected to be delivered from the shipyard in a timely manner as originally planned, thanks largely to the help and cooperation of Hudong and the safety measures which have been taken to mitigate the dangers of the pandemic.

MOL expects the construction of the fourth LNG carrier, last in the series, will be completed on schedule.

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