World’s largest LNG GSV christened in Germany

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The world’s largest LNG gas supply vessel (GSV), MV Kairos, has been christened at a historic ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte, the vessel benefits from almost 300 years of the partners’ combined shipping expertise and has been developed using leading-edge, innovative technology that will provide environmental benefits and drive operational efficiency for its customers.

Equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0™) – a scalable cargo handling and fuelling solution complete with compressed natural gas storage and utilisation capabilities – MV Kairos will eliminate the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations, providing an environmentally accountable fuelling alternative.

Archie Bethel, CEO of Babcock International Group, said: “This is a proud moment for all of the parties involved and marks an important milestone for Babcock Schulte Energy. MV Kairos’ reduced environmental footprint is an example of what BSE can provide to the gas shipping market; cleaner energy to customers worldwide.”

He added: “We combine technology and deep engineering expertise to create value for our customers in a sustainable way and, through this, we are forging a new approach for LNG bunkering.”

Nauticor, a leading provider of LNG for maritime customers, has chartered the MV Kairos to serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipeda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn.