Christophe de Margerie, the world’s 1st top category ice-class LNG carrier, docked at Zeebrugge LNG terminal January 20, 2017, for a series of scheduled operations.
The ship, named after the Total CEO who died in Moscow in 2014, will serve the Yamal LNG production terminal currently under construction in northern Siberia, train one of which is scheduled for start-up this year.
The 299-meter long vessel was recently completed at yard and moored at Zeebrugge during its maiden trip in order to cool down its cargo tanks and load a small volume of LNG, said Zeebrugge terminal owner/operator Fluxys on January 23, 2017.
It said the carrier will continue its sea trials afterwards, setting sail to the Yamal peninsula in Siberia to undertake an ice performance testing programme.
It is scheduled to depart Zeebrugge February 4.
Fluxys said the vessel and others will be a regular visitor in future, as a 20-year contract was secured in 2015 by Fluxys to perform trans-shipments for the Yamal LNG project at Zeebrugge.
The ship can transport 172,600 m3 of LNG.
The YamalMax ship was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea for its Russian shipowner Sovcomflot.
A fleet of 15 similar vessels will be serving the Yamal LNG production terminal and will call on a regular basis at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal to perform trans-shipments there, for onward redelivery to all kinds of destinations including the rest of Europe, South America and even Asia.
Currently a 5th LNG storage tank and additional process facilities are under construction at Zeebrugge to provide these services.