NLNG takes delivery of $1.6bn ships

Five of the six ships ordered by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) Limited have arrived in the country, it has been learnt.

The vessels, including the one yet to be delivered, will help boost maritime trade.

The ships, acquired for $1.6 billion, have increased NLNG’s fleet to 23, the highest by any company in the country.

NLNG’s Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Tony Okonedo, confirmed the vessels’ delivery.

“All 23 LNG vessels will be utilised on an integrated scheduling. They will load at NLNG’s terminal in Bonny for ex-ship deliveries to buyers in the Middle and Far East, Asia, Europe, South America, and Gulf of Mexico, including ports in Mexico and the United States (US). The LPG vessel is utilised for LPG delivery in the Nigerian markets.

“Training of Nigerians in the acquisition of  Dual Fuel Diesel Engine (DFDE) vessels experience commenced in 2014 and included cross-posting to companies managing this class of vessels, shipboard experiences on board DFDE vessels, and deployment to shipyards,” he said.

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