Copenhagen: Long-term the outlook for gas shipping is very favourable, argues the ceo of Copenhagen-based Evergas in Maritime CEO’s regular Friday shipowner slot.
Steffen Jacobsen took over as ceo of Evergas six months ago. Prior to that he had been with Maersk for 35 years. Evergas is part of Jacques de Chateauvieux’s Jaccar Holdings. It currently owns and operates 18 vessels made up of semi-refrigerated LNG-multigas carriers, liquid ethylene carriers and pressurized carriers with an average age of 3.5 years and the company also has commercial management for two vessels. Evergas also has five newbuildings under construction.
“We are on a continuous basis evaluating new projects which will support a fleet increase,” Jacobsen says.
“The gas industry is developing rapidly,” Jacobsen says. “US shale gas is changing the supply patterns around the globe. Asian import demands are expected to continue, Europe is also expected to remain a gas importer. The power industry is also experiencing the change from fuel oil to gas for power generation. This is increasing the regional trades and positive for the gas shipping industry. Furthermore the increasing wish amongst shipowners to introduce LNG as a fuel is supporting a whole new small and medium scale LNG trade. We remain thus positive to the gas shipping industry as a whole.”