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LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos, meant for Lithuania's Klaipedos Nafta, reaches Europe

BC, Vilnius, 05.12.2018.Print version
Kairos, the world's largest LNG bunker supply vessel, meant for Klaipedos Nafta, the operator of the LNG terminal in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, has reached Europe, the Lithuanian company said LETA/BNS.

"The Kairos vessel has safely reached Europe. Under the contract, the ship's handover to Klaipedos Nafta should take place in Klaipeda but the ship's owner decides on its specific date," Klaipeda Nafta told LETA/BNS.

Figures from the show the vessel has crossed the English Channel.

Klaipedos Nafta said in October Kairos, with a capacity of 7,500 cubic meters, left a South Korean shipyard for the Baltic Sea and was expected to arrive in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in December.

The ship will be operated by a joint venture between Germany's Nauticor and Klaipedos Nafta and used for handling LNG from the FSRU Independence to the LNG distribution station.

The new bunker supply vessel belongs to Babcock Schulte Energy, a joint company of Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte, and is leased to Klaipedos Nafta and Nauticor.

In November, 2015, Klaipedos Nafta's subsidiary SGD Logistika signed a join activity contract with partner Bomin Linde LNG (now Nauticor) over joined operation of the LNG bunker supply vessel. A new company, Blue LNG, was established then.

The construction of the vessel was started in 2016, and the inauguration ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard shipyard in February.

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