Launch and christening of Paolina Cosulich



June 27, 2023

Business Unit

Marine Energy

We are thrilled to announce that the christening and launch of our Second Small Scale LNG carrier took place on June 26 at the CIMC SOE shipyard in China.

It was attended by Diana Mok Managing Director at Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers ( Pte Ltd, acting as the godmother of the vessel Together with her, other colleagues of the Group attended the event, including Fratelli Cosulich LNG General Manager, Construction Site Manager and site construction team. The unit has been named Paolina Cosulich and will sail under the Italian flag with Captain Vincenzo Scotto, also attending the christening, at the helm.

The 5 300 DWT vessel can carry 8 200 m 3 of LNG and 500 m 3 of MGO and will be fitted with Wartsila's Dual Fuel technology, which is used in many marine propulsion and power production systems The most efficient 'boil off' management techniques will be offered by the LNG subcooling plant, completely eliminating any potential environmental effects and minimizing cargo losses   The propulsion and maneuvering system will be of the azimuth type, with a double bow thruster, to allow high manoeuvrability in port areas It will be operated by both onshore and offshore personnel with extensive LNG vessel management skills.   The investment was carried out thanks to a collaboration between public and private financial institutions, including Crédit Agricole, BPM, UNICREDIT and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and with the contribution of SACE which recognized the strategic importance of this project for the Italian economy.

As the project is contributing to the decarbonisation of maritime transport through the implementation of LNG bunkering solutions in the Mediterranean Sea, it has been awarded a grant of 4 million euro by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility ( programme with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti acting as the European Commission’s “implementing partner”. 

The delivery of the vessel is scheduled for Q 1 2024.