April 13, 2024


Current Maritime News | Clean Energy

Ineos expanded its fleet with the world’s largest VLEC

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The petrochemical manufacturer Ineos has proudly held the naming ceremony of the world’s largest ethane carrier in Houston, Texas. The achievement marks the company expanding and developing the transporting of the vital feedstock.

The vessel has a length of 230 meters which is longer than eight basketball courts. The vessel is built of approximately 18,000 tonnes of steel and 40,000 meters of piping. The carrier has a width of 36.6 meters and a draft of 22.5 meters

David Thompson, CEO of Ineos Trading & Shipping, said that the ceremony is another major milestone in the expansion of Ineos’ shipping and trading capabilities.

“As always at Ineos, we have innovated and invested in the future, so I am delighted that we now operate the world’s largest VLEC and I look forward to this vessel transporting vital feedstocks for years to come“, Thompson added.

The world’s largest ethane carrier is built in CSSC Jiangnan. Pacific Ineos Belstaff is the first in the series of four 99,000cbm dual fuel B-Tank vessels ordered by China-based company Pacific Gas.

The vessel also has the potential to carry other products such as ethylene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

This very large ethane carrier (VLEC), which was primarily built to transport U.S. ethane both to China and Europe, was named Pacific Ineos Belstaff, after the Ineos-owned Belstaff clothing brand, by Fran Millar, the company’s CEO.

This VLEC type is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and China Classification Society (CCS), meeting the latest International bulk liquefied gas regulations (IGC), International Maritime Organization (IMO), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and other relevant international rules.

John Lu, president of Pacific Gas, said: “We are delighted to deliver the Pacific Ineos Belstaff and start serving Ineos’ ground-breaking ethane trading business around the globe. Today (10 February 2022) marks the beginning of a very long journey with our partner Ineos. We will maintain the highest standards for the operation of the vessel and meet the fullest satisfaction of our customers.

With the launch of the Pacific Ineos Belstaff, the Ineos ethane fleet now counts eleven vessels consisting of three VLEC’s and eight ‘dragon’ ships. According to the company, the fourth VLEC is set to launch in spring 2022.

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