Petronas Conducts Its First LNG Break Bulking STS Transfer

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PETRONAS LNG, a subsidiary of Malaysian oil company PETRONAS, has delivered its liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo through its maiden break bulking ship-to-ship (STS) transfer in Brunei Bay.

The cargo from Malaysia LNG (MLNG), Bintulu was transferred from the ‘mother’ vessel, Seri Bijaksana to the ‘daughter’ vessel, SS Lucia Ambition, where the cargo from SS Lucia Ambition and remaining cargo in Seri Bijaksana will subsequently be delivered to respective buyers.

“As the LNG market becomes more liquid and with the emergence of new markets and non-traditional buyers who face operational constraints at their terminals, PETRONAS is committed to supporting the growth of these markets through providing innovative and flexible operational solutions such as LNG break bulk services via STS,” Ahmad Adly Alias, PETRONAS Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading, said.

Adly added that today’s Asian buyers prefer to grow their LNG business gradually, by importing smaller parcels of LNG, moving away from the traditional mode of long term supplies over a specific term.

In the meantime, Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has ordered one additional RoRo from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard.

The newbuilding is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2020.

“This freight new building increases our order book to five large freight ferries, which will increase our efficiency and enable us to accommodate projected growth in our route network in northern Europe and the Mediterranean,” Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, commented.

The newbuilding is similar to the four previously ordered freight ferries and likewise designed to carry 6,700 lane meters of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers. The large capacity decreases unit costs as well as the environmental impact per transported unit, according to the company.

DFDS’ fleet renewal programme also includes two combined freight and passenger ferries to be delivered in 2021 for deployment in the Baltic route network.

In addition, one chartered combined freight and passenger ferry will be delivered in 2021 for deployment on The English Channel routes.

World Maritime News