Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, held a christening ceremony for the next-generation Sayaringo STaGE type LNG carrier on April 19.

The vessel, which is under construction for Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), was named Diamond Gas Sakura. It is the third Sayaringo STaGE unit for the two companies, featuring significantly improved carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.

After completion and handover in May, the Diamond Gas Sakura will join the parties’ first two ships, the Diamond Gas Orchid and the Diamond Gas Rose, in transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S.

Featuring a length of 293.5 meters and a width of 48.94 meters, the Diamond Gas Sakura has a total tank holding capacity of 165,000m3.

Launched on September 15, 2018, the 73,800 dwt vessel was ordered through MI LNG Company, Limited, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.

Diamond Gas Sakura
Image Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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