Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has delivered the 173,400m³ Maran Gas Andros LNG carrier to Greek shipowner Maran Gas Maritime.
The vessel left DSME's Okpo shipyard on 14 November, and is declaring for arrival at the Panama canal on 5 December. It is likely to load its first cargo in the US.
Maran Gas' receipt of the carrier leaves five more of its newbuild orders from DSME still to be delivered, each also with a capacity of around 174,000m³. And the firms are in talks over more carrier orders, DSME said in August, after Maran Gas placed its most recent order.
The Maran Gas Andros, and the four newbuilds ordered before August, are each valued at around $188mn.
And the new vessel is the first to have an installed air lubrication system — which injects air between the hull and seawater, reducing frictional drag — DMSE said. The system will cut the fuel consumption of the Maran Gas Andros by more than 5pc, compared with carriers without the installation, the shipbuilder added.
Maran Gas has asked DSME to apply the system to subsequent deliveries, following a trial run of the Maran Gas Andros in October, DSME said.