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Shell: Daniela Voser and Carola Brinded name two of the world’s largest LNG carriers

World’s largest LNG carriers officially named

Web posted at: 11/10/2009 0:58:47
Source ::: The Peninsula

DOHA: Nakilat and vessel charterer Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. (“Qatargas”) have announced the naming of the final four Q-Max LNG carriers.

The new ships are the world’s largest LNG vessels, and were officially named at a special ceremony and celebration held at Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Ltd shipyard on Geoje Island, Korea.

The first ship “Shagra” was named by Maryam Al Suwaidi with the second vessel, “Zarga” named by Roda Al Suwaidi, the spouse and daughter respectively of Faisal Al Suwaidi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas.

The third ship “Aamira” was named by Daniela Voser, spouse of Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell while the fourth vessel “Rasheeda” was named by Carola Brinded, spouse of Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director, Upstream International. All four ships are Q-Max series (266,000 CBM) LNG carriers.

Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell are shareholders in Qatargas 4. Shell was also appointed by Nakilat to assist them in managing their fleet and recruiting and training the finest seafarers for their 25 wholly-owned newbuild LNG carriers under a Master Services Agreement, effective from November 2006.

Faisal Al Suwaidi said: “We are very proud of the accomplishments which Nakilat has achieved in a very short time and we thank everyone involved in Qatar’s LNG shipbuilding programme for their outstanding efforts in delivering our fleet of ships safely and on schedule.”

“Qatar has already become the world’s largest producer of LNG, and by 2011 will increase its exports to 77mta. Nakilat has become Qatar’s ‘floating pipeline’ to the world markets and will play the leading role in transporting Qatar’s natural gas which will represent over 30 percent of the world’s total LNG production.”

Muhammad Ghannam, Nakilat Managing Director, said that Nakilat has achieved many important milestones since the ship building program started just a few short years ago.

“Today is a very special milestone indeed with our last four Q-Max LNG carriers being named at this final ceremony,” he said.

“Our massive LNG fleet comprising 54 ships is now complete. During the next year all of our 25 wholly-owned new LNG ships, 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex, will be fully operational. These twenty-five vessels, along with our 29 jointly-owned ships, built by the Korean shipyards, form the largest LNG fleet in the world. Thirty-two of these LNG carriers will be dedicated to Qatargas.”

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