We were very pleased to receive a contract to supply our products to 4 of the World’s Largest, Most Advanced Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Vessels. LNG Carrier Al Ruwais, pictured top, is one of the new generation of Q-Flex LNG carriers – the world’s safest, most advanced and largest ships to transport this critical energy source and is one of four sister ships to be delivered to OSG Nakilat, the joint venture between OSG (Overseas Shipholding Group) and Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat).
Anti glare window blinds were supplied for the cargo control room, conference room and ship’s office on each vessel to protect staff from heat, glare and uv radiation from the sun. The order was received from the Newcastle UK office of the huge worldwide organisation OSG who manage over 100 vessels with almost 50 more on order.
“With crude oil being pumped to capacity, energy costs climbing higher and world energy demand increasing rapidly, natural gas is growing in importance to the worldwide energy supply chain,” said Mr. Angus Campbell, Head of OSG’s Gas Strategic Business Unit. “LNG is an attractive clean energy source for major markets such as the United States, Europe and Asia that are looking to reduce the environmental impact of burning coal or fuel oil for power generation.”
OSG Nakilat’s fleet of Q-Flex LNG carriers can each transport 216,000 cubic metres of LNG, approximately 40 percent more than the standard vessels in service today. In addition, this new generation of vessels has significantly lower energy requirements than conventional LNG vessels, due to economies of scale created by their size and the efficiency of the engines. OSG’s Q-Flex LNG ships employ some of the most advanced technology currently available, including a first-of-its-kind on-board re-liquefaction plant, which cools boil-off gas and converts it back to liquid for return to the tanks. Safety features include redundant systems such as dual propellers and rudders and environmentally friendly, low-emission electronically controlled diesel engines.
Paul Hopkins, Solar Solve’s Sales and Marketing Executive was instrumental in winning the order and said, “OSG have been a customer of ours for many years and are well aware of the benefits derived from the SOLASAFE® anti glare window blinds. They will not only protect personnel from solar radiation but have additional benefits that are conducive to OSG’s objectives for this series of impressive environmentally friendly vessels.”
Top Image – LNG Carrier Al Ruwais