LNG Carrier Equipped with MOL's First Milestones: X-DF Propulsion Engine and MRS-F Reliquefaction System

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced today that on July 31st, the LNG carrier, LNG Schneeweisschen, jointly ordered by MOL and Itochu Corporation was delivered at the Okpo shipyard by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) in South Korea.

The ship has entered in to a Transportation Service contract for several voyages with Uniper Global Commodities SE, 100% owned by one of the largest European gas and electricity companies, Uniper SE (Headquarters: Düsseldorf; formed by the separation of E.ON's fossil fuel assets into a separate company on 1st January 2016).

MOL Marks its 1st Transportation Service Contract with Major German Utility Company Uniper as LNG Schneeweisschen Goes into Service

The LNG Schneeweisschen features two new technologies - the slow-speed two-stroke engine (X-DF) made by Winterthur Gas & Diesel, which can run on natural gas, MGO and Heavy Fuel Oil, and takes main engines efficiency to the next level; and the Methane Refrigeration System-Full Re-liquefaction (MRS-F) by DSME, which works with the high-efficiency X-DF engine to re-liquefy surplus boil off gas and returning it as LNG to the cargo tank. Both X-DF and MRS-F technologies will make LNG transport more efficient and economical.

To further deepen and develop the relationship with Uniper, MOL continues to take a proactive approach in adopting cutting-edge ship technologies to provide safe, high-quality and reliable transport services and to meet increasing demand for LNG transportation, while leveraging our experience and know-how accumulated as one of world's largest owners and managers of LNG carriers.

Outline of LNG Schneeweisschen

 Length  297.9m
 Breadth  47.90m
 Draft  11.50m
 LNG tank  Membrane type
 Cargo tank capacity  180,000m3
 Main engine  X-DF double-engine, twin-shaft system
 Speed  19.5 knots
 Shipbuilder  DSME
 Ship management company  MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd.
 Shipowner  MOL 50%, Itochu 50%

Source: MOL