American Ethane Carriers to Build 17 Very Large Ethan Carriers

Houston-based American Ethane Company has unveiled plans to build 17 very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to transport U.S. ethane to China. The 150,000 cbm capacity VLECs will be constructed in China at shipyard in Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan. American Ethane collaborated with ABS on technical and regulatory requirements for the VLECs that will supply ethane from the U.S. … [Read more...]

Very Large Ethane Carrier Loads First Cargo

The world's first Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) has loaded its first cargo of US-produced ethane at Enterprise Products Partner’s Morgan’s Point Terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. The Ethane Crystal is the first of six VLECs to be delivered with ABS Class through 2017. With an 87,000 cbm cargo carrying capacity, the vessel was the first of its kind to be constructed … [Read more...]

First Very Large Ethane Carriers Inaugurated in South Korea

India’s largest private sector company Reliance Industries has inaugurated the world's first Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) at South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries where the ships were built. The two vessels, named Ethane Crystal and Ethane Emerald, are the first in a series of six VLECs ordered by Reliance in 2014 in response to the increase in United States gas … [Read more...]

First Ethane Carrier Departs US Gulf

Swiss petrochemical company INEOS has announced that the first cargo of ethane to be exported from Enterprise’s Morgan’s Point, Texas terminal has been loaded aboard the multi-gas carrier JS INEOS Intrepidset.  The INEOS Intrepid, built in 2015, is the first ship to export ethane out of Marcus Hook near Philadelphia in March as well as the new … [Read more...]

ABS Classes World’s Largest LNG-Powered Ethane Carrier

International classification society ABS says it has classed the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier Navigator Aurora. The ship has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China. The Navigator Aurora is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels to be delivered with ABS Class during 2016 and early … [Read more...]