Avenir LNG says new bunkering vessel launched at Chinese yard

Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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Avenir LNG, a company owned by Norwegian shipping and infrastructure companies, said its newest 7,500 cubic metres capacity LNG bunkering vessel has been launched in China and it would be delivered later in 2021.

Avenir LNG is a joint venture owned by London-based Norwegian shipping and storage company Stolt-Nielsen and its peer fleet owners and project companies, Höegh LNG and Golar LNG.

The company said the latest ship delivered was dual-purpose bunkering and supply vessel, the “Avenir Aspiration”.

A Chinese shipyard in Nantong, CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering, constructed the bunkering ship.

“We are delighted with the successful launching of our third vessel,” said Peter Mackey, Chief Executive of Avenir LNG.

“Our fleet is the backbone of Avenir’s asset-enabled LNG supply strategy, and we look forward to taking delivery of the ‘Avenir Aspiration’ later in the year,” he added.

Avenir is building up a fleet of six LBVs of between 7,500 cubic metres capacity and 20,000 cubic metres capacity.

Two orders went to Keppel Singmarine and two to the CIMC Sinopacific yard in Nantong.

The two 20,000 cubic metres capacity bunkering vessels would be constructed at CIMC Sinopacific.

Another of the LBVs, the “Avenir Advantage”, was delivered in November 2020 to the Future Horizon joint venture comprising Malaysia’s MISC Group and Avenir.

Additionally, Malaysian energy company Petronas has chartered the “Avenir Advantage” from Future Horizon for a period of three years.

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