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Gasum and Anthony Veder have agreed on a long term timecharter for a state of the art 18,000 cbm LNG carrier. The vesselwill be constructed at German shipyard Neptun Werft, which is a subsidiary of the Meyer Neptun Group. She will be delivered last quarter 2017. Her specific purpose is to bring LNG to two LNG terminals which are currently being constructed, at Tahkoluoto in Pori (completed in 2016) and Röyttä in Tornio, Finland (completed in 2018). Since the Röyttä terminal in Tornio is located in the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea, the vessel will have the highest ice
class notation (1A SUPER) and COLD notation to allow the vessel to safely and reliably trade in the extreme winter weatherconditions that occur in that region regularly.The design of the vessel is based on proven technology already successfully applied by Anthony Veder for its LNG carriers. Furthermorethis vessel will also use the LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, which makes the vessel fullycompliant with the most stringent emission regulations and environmentally friendly in operation. Improving the LNG infrastructure in the Nordic countries Skangas, the subsidiary of Gasum actively develops the LNG infrastructure for the Nordic countries. These developments are driven by the growing desire by customers that lack access to the natural gas grid to make the transition to a more sustainable source of energy “We are committed to developing cost and energy-efficient solutions for small to mid-size LNG shipping. For Anthony Veder this will be the fifth small-scale LNG carrier operating in the Northern European area. Furthermore this brings the total of LNG fueled vessels in our fleet to seven. But this agreement primarily and most importantly allows us to enter into cooperation with Gasum and further expand our existing strong relationship with our well respected customer Skangas”, says Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder.“We are very satisfied on our new agreement with Anthony Veder. The new vessel supports our strategic aim to develop theNordic LNG infrastructure and gas market, furthering our possibility to offer a much more competitive product for end users in the maritime and industry sectors”, says Gasum CEO and Skangas Chairman of the Board Johanna Lamminen. Next to the newbuild 18,000 cbm LNG carrier, Skangas has already secured LNG transport capacity at sea since 2012 throughcharter contracts with Anthony Veder for two LNG carriers (Coral Energy (15,600 cbm) and Coral Anthelia (6,500 cbm)) and oneLNG bunker feeder (Coralius (5,800 cbm) through the joint venture Sirius Veder Gas AB). All vessels are deployed in the North and Baltic Sea.