The world’s first LNT A-BOX LNG Carrier, Saga Dawn, has departed on its maiden voyage.
April 23, 2020
Saga LNG Shipping has successfully loaded its first full cargo on 45,000m3 Saga Dawn this past Wednesday, April 22, at Singapore LNG.
“Today we celebrate yet another major milestone for our company, our vessel, and LNT Marine’s LNT A- BOX technology. As Saga Dawn departs on her maiden voyage, we would like to take a moment to thank Singapore LNG, our business partners, and all the parties involved for their hard work and excellent support in making this first loading a success. ” David Wu, Founder and CEO of Saga LNG Shipping.
Saga Dawn is the world’s first LNG Carrier featuring an IMO type A LNG containment system, based on LNT Marine’s patented LNT A-BOX design. The ABS-classed vessel was built at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s Jiangsu yard and features Wärtsilä dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines.
Saga LNG Shipping is currently in the final stages of development for an 80,000m3 LNGC design with a nine- meter fully laden draft, aimed at regional imports into Chinese terminals. Saga has further developed and obtained Approvals in Principle (AiP) for its shallow draft 28,500m3 “Wuhan Max” and 12,000m3 “Yichang Max” designs aimed at opening up trade along China’s Yangtze River.
LNT Marine’s proprietary containment system for LNG and other liquefied gasses, dubbed the “LNT A- BOX®”, features an IMO independent tank type A as the primary barrier, a conventional cargo tank support system and liquid-tight thermal insulation attached to the hull compartment which acts as a full secondary barrier. The self-supporting prismatic tanks allow for simple construction and flexible design while maintaining market-leading utilization of the hull space.
Based around the LNT A-BOX® technology, Saga LNG Shipping aims to build, own and operate a series of tailor-made small and midsized LNG assets targeted at projects currently in various stages of development. Types of assets included in Saga LNG’s scope are FSUs, LNG Barges & LNGCs, FSRUs, FLNGs, and LNG Bunker Vessels, all within the 1,000 to 100,000 cubic meter range.
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Saga LNG Shipping press release