BGC receives its largest gas carrier ‘Amani’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipper Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) has taken delivery of its largest vessel yet – the 154,800 cubic metre (cbm) Amani.
The vessel – which will add to BGC’s existing fleet of Abadi, Arkat and Amali – was built by Hyundai Heavy Industry, and delivered on November 13 to BGC, with a group of Bruneians overseeing its production in South Korea as part of the site team.
Amani will also be the first LNG ship to be headed by a local, Captain Abdul Mateen Abdurrahman Liew, after the Managing Director of BGC Hj Shahbudin Hj Musa officially welcomed the vessel in a thanksgiving ceremony yesterday at Brunei LNG in Lumut.
According to the law firm Watson, Farley & Williams in Singapore who advised the Sultanate’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipper, Amani is backed by a $170 million Islamic financing facility provided by a syndicate of financers including of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia), HSBC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe.
BGC’s other three “A-class” fleet tankers are the 137,000 cbm Abadi which began operating in 2002 and the Arkat and Amali, both with a capacity of 147,000 cbm – delivered in 2011.
The Brunei Times