TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto; Headquarters: Tokyo) today announced that, through a subsidiary, it has signed time charter contracts for four newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with NOVATEK Gas & Power Asia Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia’s PAO NOVATEK. The vessels will be constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME; Headquarters: South Korea), and are slated for delivery in 2024.
The newbuilding LNG carriers are equipped with the cutting-edge MAN Energy Solutions engines, which offer major improvements in fuel efficiency. It also adopts a new design that generates less boil-off gas from cargo tanks through the use of the re-liquefaction unit on board, and a shaft generator system that uses the rotating propeller shaft for power generation. These vessels are considerably more environmentally friendly than current LNG carriers.
MOL addresses environmental issues in accordance with the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1” (Note 1), and as a united team, it continually strives to achieve sustainable GHG net zero emissions, contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society.
|Ship type||174,000 m3 membrane type|
|Scheduled delivery||after 2024|
Design renderings of the vessels
Validity of marine crewmember certificates is prolonged
With respect to restrictive measures applied in different parts of the world due to the spread of Covid-19, and to ensure the smooth operation of international shipping, the Maritime Administration of the Russian Federation gives further effect to the previous emergency measures in relation to crewmembers’ certificates that have expired or are about to expire on or before September 30, 2021.
If a crewmember, while onboard, is not able to renew his/her certificates in accordance with the established procedure, validity of the above-mentioned certificates shall be prolonged automatically up to December 31, 2021 inclusive. The list of such certificates includes: professional licenses issued by the Maritime Administration of the Russian Federation, endorsements to licenses issued by foreign states, certificates of qualification, tanker’s endorsements (including oil / gas / chemical tankers), ship’s cook certificates and other certificates required in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978, as amended.
No any additional indications of prolongation as well as issuance of new documents are required.
The Maritime Administration of the Russian Federation reserves the right to modify or to cancell above stated measures according to development of the COVID-19 situation.