Shell and Anthony Veder have signed a contract to modify the LNG carrier Coral Methane into an LNG bunker vessel. The modification marks the first of its kind and will entail integration of specific LNG bunker equipment into the vessel. The 7,500 cbm vessel currently operates as a multipurpose vessel for Shell. Its modification will help meet the maritime industry’s growing demand for natural gas.
Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder says: “We are proud to offer Shell this pioneering solution that once again emphasizes our expertise and continuous focus on safety and innovation. Furthermore, the modification project enables us to continue to build on our strong partnership with Shell and to drive sustainable change in our industry.”
Modifications on the Coral Methane are due to start in early 2018. The Coral Methane will cover LNG bunkering demands across Europe, operating primarily in the southern part of the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
The Coral Methane plays a crucial part in developing LNG business for both Anthony Veder and Shell, in the first instance by expanding LNG transport in the Norwegian area. The combined gas carrier has also demonstrated her extensive possibilities by setting a track record of successful LNG ship-to-ship transfers as well as LNG ship-to-shore operations and vice versa. Furthermore last year, the Coral Methane was the first vessel to load at the newbuild GATE jetty 3 LNG terminal in Rotterdam.
The Coral Methane was launched in 2009. Her design followed a successful logistical concept resulting in electric azimuth pod propulsion, offering maximum flexibility and high maneuverability, essential for her operations in the Norwegian fjords. This proven flexibility and maneuverability makes Coral Methane the ideal vessel for modification into an LNG bunker vessel.
Source: Anthony Veder