LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Christened
On 8 February 2019, the LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos was officially christened in the port of Hamburg. The ceremony took place at the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder, with more than 250 guests witnessing the christening of the vessel by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Chairman of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU).
Nauticor chartered Kairos via the joint venture Blue LNG, where Nauticor has a 90% share and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN (Klaipedos Nafta) has a 10% share, from the owner Babock Schulte Energy.
With a tank capacity of 7,500m³, Kairos, is currently the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel. The ice class vessel has several other unique features, including the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from customer vessels. The construction of the vessel started in 2016 and in February 2018, steel cutting took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in Ulsan, South Korea, from where the vessel was delivered in October 2018