MOL scraps 37-year-old LNG carrier

Mitsui OSK (MOL) has sold its first and oldest LNG carrier, Senshu Maru, for scrap after 37 years with the company.

The Moss type vessel was delivered from Mitsui Ichihara in February 1984, and has sailed nearly 2m nautical miles – the equivalent of going to Mars and back – while completing 733 voyages for the Japanese owner.

“We sincerely appreciated our oldest lady who completed so many operations safely and we will continue stable energy transportation as the world leader in safety,” the company said on social media.

VesselsValue data shows that the 69,594 dwt ship was sold for green recycling in India at a price of $523 per LDT. The portal shows the vessel status as dead as of January 26.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. Sorry to see her go! I provided SIRE training for Officers and Crew on board and assisted the Master with his annual internal audit a few years ago. Fine experience working with MOL vessels and their dedicated staff. I am sure Hojo san, and many others who spearheaded the LNG project for MOL feel the same.

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