The Avenir Advantage will enter service on a three-year charter to Petronas LNG in Malaysia, becoming ‘the first dedicated LNG bunker and supply vessel (LBV) in South East Asia’.
The 7,500 cbm capacity vessel was constructed at Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Nantong shipyard, in Jiangsu Province, China. She will supply LNG bunkers to ships operating in the South East Asia region and also deliver LNG to Petronas’ small-scale customers.
Avenir LNG is currently building a fleet of six LBVs of 7,500 cbm and 20,000 cbm capacity, as well as the HIGAS LNG import facility (10,800 cbm) in Sardinia Italy. The next LBV, the Avenir Accolade, is also under construction at the Keppel Nantong yard. She is slated for delivery this year and will go on charter to Golar Power in Brazil.
Milorad Doljanin, CEO Avenir LNG Limited, commented on the milestone delivery of the first LBV: ‘With the delivery of the Avenir Advantage, we move one step closer to delivering our shareholders’ vision of creating a small-scale LNG supply and marketing portfolio.
‘The flexible design of our vessels allows us to support the development of the LNG bunker fuel market whilst adding to the global small-scale supply fleet; thereby supporting our strategic objective of supplying natural gas to otherwise inaccessible areas.’