Maran Gas Maritime, the gas carrier arm of the Greece-based Angelicoussis Shipping Group, has sealed charters for as many as nine out of its 11 LNG carrier newbuildings on order.
According to reports, BG Group has taken another four of the vessels which are on order at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (7) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (4+1).
This would follow BG’s move for an initial quartet of Maran Gas newbuildings, due for delivery from late 2013 onwards.
However, some sources suggest that the number of recently-minted charters may be as high as five.
That would leave just two of the owner’s orders unfixed, with an optional further vessel at Hyundai Samho available to be taken up.