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UASC plans to establish own LNG stations

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is preparing for LNG container sailing between Asia and Europe with plans to establish its own LNG bunker terminals in the Middle East.

Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is betting big on using LNG as fuel, and last year the carrier ordered ten container ships of more than 14,000 teu in the new DNV GL classified LNG Ready-class.

The ships will transport containers on the route between Asia and Europe when the first of the ten ships are delivered from the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard later this year, and at first the ships will sail on regular fuel. Over time the ships will start to sail on gas, but since the trip between the two continents represents an extremely long journey for the on board gas capacity, UASC is working on plans to establish its own bunker stations to enable the ships to load gas in the Middle East in, the mid-point of the journey in both directions, according to Seatrade Global.

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