45,000m3 Saga Dawn delivered her first cargo this past Wednesday, April 29, at JOVO’s Dongguan Terminal, successfully completing her maiden voyage which commenced at Singapore LNG the week before. The Vessel brings new life to the small and ageing mid-sized LNG fleet, which has seen no newbuildings in over a decade.
“As Saga Dawn officially enters the global LNG fleet, we wish her and her crew safe and smooth sailing in the many years of service that lie ahead. Today, a mountain of hard work behind us, we take a moment to celebrate this incredible achievement and we take aim at our next goal; building up our fleet of mid-sized LNG carriers to enable new and stranded markets with access to cost-effective LNG.” David Wu, Founder and CEO of Saga LNG Shipping.
Saga Dawn is the world’s first LNG Carrier featuring an IMO type A LNG containment system, based on LNT Marine’s patented LNT A-BOX design. The ABS-classed vessel was built at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s Jiangsu yard and features Wärtsilä dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines.
Saga LNG Shipping is currently in the final stages of development for an 80,000m3 LNGC design with a nine- meter fully laden draft, aimed at regional imports into Chinese terminals. Saga has further developed and obtained Approvals in Principle (AiP) for its shallow draft 28,500m3 “Wuhan Max” and 12,000m3 “Yichang Max” designs aimed at opening up trade along China’s Yangtze River.
LNT Marine’s proprietary containment system for LNG and other liquefied gasses, dubbed the “LNT A- BOX®”, features an IMO independent tank type A as the primary barrier, a conventional cargo tank support system and liquid-tight thermal insulation attached to the hull compartment which acts as a full secondary barrier. The self-supporting prismatic tanks allow for simple construction and flexible design while maintaining market-leading utilization of the hull space.
Based around the LNT A-BOX® technology, Saga LNG Shipping aims to build, own and operate a series of tailor-made small and midsized LNG assets targeted at projects currently in various stages of development. Types of assets included in Saga LNG’s scope are FSUs, LNG Barges & LNGCs, FSRUs, FLNGs, and LNG Bunker Vessels, all within the 1,000 to 100,000 cubic meter range.
Source: Saga LNG