Dynagas Ltd., GasLog Ltd. and Golar LNG Ltd jointly announce that they have entered into an LNG carrier pooling agreement (the â€œLNG Carrier Poolâ€) to market their vessels, which are currently operating in the LNG shipping spot market.
The LNG Carrier Pool allows the participating owners to optimise the operation of the pool vessels through improved scheduling ability, cost efficiencies and common marketing. The objective of the LNG Carrier Pool is to serve the transportation requirements of a rapidly growing LNG shipping market by providing customers with reliable, more flexible, and innovative solutions to meet their increasingly complex shipping requirements.
The LNG Carrier Pool â€“ to be named â€œThe Cool Poolâ€ â€“ will initially consist of 14 modern, high quality and essentially equivalent vessels powered by fuel efficient Tri Fuel Diesel Electric (â€œTFDEâ€) propulsion technology. The three ownersâ€™ initial vessels eligible for contribution to The Cool Pool will be as follows: Dynagas: 3 vessels; GasLog: 3 vessels; and Golar: 8 vessels. Each vessel owner will continue to be fully responsible for the manning and technical management of their respective vessels.
Tony Lauritzen has agreed to take overall responsibility for the running of The Cool Pool and Morten Nielsen has been appointed as Pool Manager, with the mandate to schedule employment for each pool vessel. The Cool Pool will focus exclusively on charters of 12 months duration or less. The scheduling of employment opportunities in excess of 12 months will remain the mandate of the respective vessel owner. If a pool vessel is scheduled by an owner for a charter that exceeds 12 months in duration such vessel will cease to form part of the LNG Carrier Poolâ€™s fleet.
All three owners have expressed enthusiasm for the benefits the pool is anticipated to deliver to charterers and participants alike. The LNG Carrier Pool provides the opportunity to deliver benefits, including COAs and other contract forms not previously executed in LNG shipping. Importantly all three vessel owners are experienced LNG Carrier operators with substantial track records offering potential charterers the best available level of safe and reliable ship management.
It is anticipated that The Cool Pool will commence operation in September 2015.