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A keel-laying ceremony has been held in South Korea for the vessel, which is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy, a joint venture between Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Babcock International.

The new LNG bunker barge, which will feature a ballast-free design, is being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. It will be operated from Klaipeda under charter to Nauticor.

As previously reported, LNG will be stored in two independent IMO type C tanks which are designed to contain the LNG with a minimum temperature of -165° C and maximum vapour pressure of 3.75 bar(g) and can be transferred to an LNG-fuelled vessel at the rate of about 1,250 cbm/hour through cryogenic flexible hoses without a requirement for ballasting and/or de-ballasting.

Previously scheduled for delivery in September 2018, Nauticor says it now expects the vessel to be delivered in Q4 2018.

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