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Friday, October 26, 2018 

Yokohama-based MHI company Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has held a naming ceremony for a next-generation LNG carrier under construction for MOG-X LNG Shipholding, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

The ship, named LNG Juno, is the third Sayaringo STaGE type vessel, and features significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance through adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system. The acronym STaGE is derived from ‘Steam Turbine and Gas Engines’, a hybrid propulsion system combining a steam turbine and LNG-fuelled engines. Waste heat from the engines drives the steam turbine, resulting in improvements in propulsion efficiency through the full speed range.

LNG Juno is 297.5m length oa, width 48.94m, depth 27.0m, and draught 11.5m. Deadweight capacity is about 80,300 tons—the largest within the Sayaringo series—and the total holding capacity of the tanks is 180,000m³.

LNG Juno will go into service transporting LNG for purposes such as the Freeport LNG Project in the Texas.

The Sayaringo STaGE is a successor to the Sayaendo, a vessel recognised for its improved Moss-type spherical tanks and high reliability. MHI says that adoption of the apple-shaped tanks and hybrid propulsion system functionality in the new Sayaringo STaGE has enabled a significant increase in LNG carrying capacity and overall fuel efficiency.

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