The world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel has begun operating in Northwest Europe.
The vessel Kairos is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy and is under charter to the Blue LNG joint venture. Blue LNG is 90 per cent owned by Hamburg-based Nauticor and Lithuanian energy infrastructure supplier KN.
Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO, Nauticor, said: “With the handover of Kairos we are securing the supply of LNG as a marine fuel in the Baltic Sea on a large-scale basis. Thanks to our large LNG storage tanks with a pump rate equivalent to more than 30 LNG trucks per hour and our innovative manoeuvring technology, marine customers will be able to benefit from an extremely fast and safe LNG ship to ship supply. From now on, also large vessels can bunker LNG in the Baltic Sea.”
The vessel’s construction began in 2016 with the signing of a time-charter agreement by the joint venture and Babcock. In February, 2018, the steel cutting took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea. Kairos was delivered by the shipyard in October 2018.