MISC Berhad adds Seri Cempaka to LNG carrier fleet

Malaysia’s MISC Berhad (MISC) has taken delivery of Seri Cempaka, the third in a series of five Moss-type Seri-C-class liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

The 150,200m3 LNG carrier was built for MISC by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and benefits from an integrated hull structure (IHS) with four spherical tanks shielded by a continuous cover, fortifying the vessel to allow for operation in even the harshest marine environments. Seri Cempaka joins her sisterships Seri Cenderawasih, and Seri Camellia on longterm charter to Petronas.

The newbuilds are part of MISC’s long term fleet expansion programme and have been designed for worldwide trading capability to enable them to call at all 80 LNG receiving terminals and 26 liquefaction terminals in operation worldwide.

Its robust and superior cargo containment system allows higher degree of flexibility for MISC to accommodate cargo loading operations at floating LNG (FLNG) units. This positions MISC as the first shipowner in the world to have operation experience with an FLNG unit.

Along with the unique integrated hull design, the Moss-type vessels have been designed to minimise hull resistance, increase propulsion efficiency, reduce power requirements, and reduce CO2 emissions. Energy saving devices include pre-swirl duct and propeller boss cap fins, providing around four per cent energy savings at design draft, along with an X-twister rudder for improved manoeuvring performance.

The vessels have been awarded the Green Passport notification and with an extended low-load gas mode meaning that they can operate entirely on LNG for full compliance with existing and impending Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) regulations.

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