It was announced recently that the 155 000 m3 membrane tank vessel Tangguh Jaya became the 300th member of the current fleet of gas carriers engaged in the deepsea movement of LNG. The vessel was delivered by Samsung Heavy Industries to K Line and PT Meratus Line. The 200th ship in the LNG carrier fleet, the 145 000 m3 Maersk Qatar, was also delivered by SHI. It took 34 years for the in-service fleet of LNG carriers to reach 100 vessels and a further eight years for it to break through the 200 vessel barrier. The 300-ship mark took only an additional two and one-half years.

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