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.