MISC Berhad has taken delivery of Seri Erlang, its second Very Large Ethane Carrier at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje in South Korea. Purchased by MISC in July 2020, this VLEC is the second of the six contracted VLECs, purpose-built for long-term charter to Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical Co Ltd.Seri Erlang will join her sister vessel -Seri Everest to safely transport ethane from US to China to support STL’s ethane cracker facility in China. Both VLECs are managed by MISC’s shipmanagement arm, Eaglestar Shipmanagement Gas (S) Pte Ltd.
With more than 98,000 cbm of total cargo capacity, Seri Erlang is equipped with a highly efficient reliquefaction unit and a unique high-pressure ethane fuel supply system. The newbuild is powered by a MAN B&W 7G60ME-C9.5-GIE Gas Injection Ethane engine, complemented with the latest Pump Vaporiser Unit, making her one of the very few vessels in the world with ethane burning capability.
Built with a cargo containment system for dual cargo loading, Seri Erlang isalso delivered with LNG Ready notation by ABS where the VLECcan be upgraded totrade liquefied natural gas cargoes in the future.
Seri Erlang and Seri Everest will be joined by their four sisters to be delivered throughout the first half of this year. Upon delivery of all the VLECs, MISC will be the largest transporter of ethane in the world. Seri Everest which is currently the largest operating VLEC in the market was recently recognised as one of the ‘Great Ships of 2020’ in the Maritime Reporter and Engineering