Firm Welcomes First LNG Tanker

Greek shipowner Latsco has received Hellas Diana from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), as the first LNG carrier in the fleet. 

The 173,400 cubic metres LNG tanker Hellas Diana set sail on 1 April from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ Mokpo shipyard. 

The 297 metres long and 46 metres wide newbuild will be sailing under the flag of Malta. 

The company is waiting for the second LNG vessel named Hellas Athina, expected to be picked up at the same shipyard in September. Hellas Athina will also have the capacity to transport up to 173,400 cubic metres of the chilled fuel. 

According to VesselsValue, Singaporean multinational commodity trading company Trafigura has chartered both of the LNG carriers. 

Latsco has four very large crude carriers (VLCCs) commissioned at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard with delivery in 2022.-World Maritime News 

Ethiopian Airline Operates 18,385 Flights In Three Months  

Ethiopian Airline Group said it had reached 91 per cent on-time performance of all global flight departures for the last three months while the industry average stood around 85 per cent. 

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, the Chief Executive Officer of the Airline Group in a statement disclosed that the airline had operated a total of 18,385 flights in January, February and March,  making it to score 91 per cent on-time departures. 

He said customers’ feedback on the COVID-19 Travel Requirements, especially expiry of Negative PCR Test certificated by many countries after 72 hours, had made on-time flight departures and smooth connectivity more important than ever in the past. 

“As a result, our winning team has made it top priority and achieved record levels of flight punctuality. As a customer-centric airline, we make a substantial investment to enhance our customer service. 

“When customers choose Ethiopian Airlines, we make sure that they get the best possible experience with us, including arriving to their destinations on time. 

“Last three months have been extraordinarily productive in terms of efficiency in our flight operations. 

“I am proud of my colleagues who are committed to eliminating  inconveniences  for our esteemed passengers,” he said. 

He said that on-time performance referred  to an airline departure or arrival that occurred within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. 

He noted that punctuality was of paramount importance for passengers, adding that delay or cancellation affected their itinerary and made passengers to incur extra costs. –World Maritime News