Record breaking ethane carrier delivered

Yesterday saw Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) take delivery of a revolutionary very large ethane carrier from Samsung Heavy Industries. The Ethane Crystal is one of six such ships ordered by India’s Reliance Industries that MOL will use to ship ethane derived from shale gas from the US to India as the fleet’s operator and manager.

The series of ships at 87,000 cu m each are are the largest vessels ever built for transportation of ethane at an industrial scale, roughly twice the size of the largest currently afloat. They have GTT Mark III as a containment system which is unique for ethane transportation.

The ethane will be used in India as a feedstock in large petrochemical complexes owned and operated by Reliance.

The other five ships deliver next year.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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