Dutch shipping company acquires LNG carrier newbuild
Dutch gas tanker owner Anthony Veder will expand its fleet with a new LNG carrier under construction in China at Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding in Ningbo.
The LNG carrier, with a capacity of 30,000 m3, will be ready for worldwide trading mid-year. As with other Anthony Veder gas carriers, the new ship will incorporate ‘Coral’ as part of its name and be under the company’s commercial operation and ship management.
“We are proud to add a new LNG carrier to our fleet in this relatively short timeframe and look forward to our close co-operation with Xinle Shipbuilding to finalise the vessel,” said Anthony Veder chief executive Jan Valkier. “Our company has a long history in building and delivering ships in China such as the LNG-fuelled liquid ethylene gas vessels Coral Star and Coral Sticho. We are excited to return to China for this latest addition to our fleet after five years’ absence.”
Coral Star and Coral Sticho were both built in 2014, each with a capacity of 4,768 m3. They are two of eight vessels in the Rotterdam-based shipping company’s fleet that burn LNG as fuel.
With the recent acquisition of the newbuild, Anthony Veder’s fleet will grow to 31 gas carriers, most of which are semi-pressurised/ fully refrigerated gas tankers and ethylene carriers. Other vessel types in the fleet consist of combined and dedicated LNG carriers. It also operates a fully pressurised tanker and a dedicated fully pressurised/fully refrigerated CO2 carrier.