Qatargas has given details of another shipping first related to Spanish cargo deliveries following being owner of the largest LNG vessel to transit the expanded Panama Canal as achieved by the “Al Safliyah”.
Qatargas said its Q-Max vessel, the 266,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Mekaines”, loaded a cargo at Ras Laffan in Qatar on May 12.
The Q-Max then delivered two cargo “parcels”, one to the Barcelona terminal in northeast Spain on May 30 and a second to the Cartagena regasification facility in southeast Spain on June 1.
Qatargas said that the “Mekaines” had thus completed the largest ever multi-port delivery of a single cargo of LNG.
“Qatargas continues to deliver innovative solutions which provide greater efficiency, flexibility and optimisation of resources,” said Qatargas Chief Executive Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani.
“This multi-port delivery further demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our position as the world’s premier LNG company,” added al-Thani.
The Q-Max vessels are the largest class of LNG vessels in the world, allowing the Qataris to deliver two full conventional-sized cargoes on one vessel.
The other large Qatargas vessels, owned or operated by the shipping company affiliate Qatar Gas Transport Co., are the Q-Flex carriers of around 210,100 metres capacity.
The Q-Flex “Al Safliyah” became the largest LNG carrier to transit the Panama Canal when it sailed from the Pacific to the Atlantic side on May 12 and then proceeded to the US export plant at Sabine Pass to break new ground in trading activities by lifting another cargo for Europe.