New LNG Carrier - Al Bidda - Loads First Cargo for Qatargas

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1 January, 2000

On December 5, 1999, the LNG Carrier "Al Bidda" arrived at the Port of Ras Laffan, Qatar to load the vessel's first cargo of Qatargas LNG. The vessel delivered the cargo to Chubu Electric's Kawagoe Terminal, located in the port of Yokkaichi, Japan, on December 25, 1999. This cargo represents Qatargas' 112th shipment to Chubu Electric since the beginning of the company's LNG export operations in December of 1996.

To celebrate the occasion, Qatargas conducted a welcoming ceremony for the vessel on its arrival. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from Oatargas; senior staff from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines; and management from the Ras Laffan Industrial City. After congratulatory speeches by representatives from Qatargas, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and the Master of the Al Bidda, an exchange of gifts between Qatargas and the Master of the "Al Bidda" took place. Qatargas presented the delivered Master of the "Al Bidda", Captain Moriguchi, with a silver Arabic coffee "Dallah" to commemorate the occasion and in return Captain Moriguchi presented Qatargas with an ornate Japanese ceramic vase. The ceremony was concluded with a tour of the new vessel.

The "Al Bidda" was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. shipyard located in Sakaide, Japan and is operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines on behalf of Oatargas. The vessel is designed to carry 135,000 cubic meters of LNG at a temperature of minus 163 degrees Celsius. With a design speed of 20.5 knots the vessel can complete a round trip voyage to Japan from Qatar in a month, The "Al Bidda" is the ninth in a series of ten sister ships to be delivered to the Oatargas project. Qatargas has scheduled delivery of the last remaining LNG carrier, the "Al Jasra," in June 2000.

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