TWO of the largest ethane carriers in the world join INEOS’ fleet of gas ships to transport vital raw materials.
The latest vessel to join INEOS’ growing fleet of gas ships was named in honour of the Grenadier – the no-nonsense 4x4 due to be launched in the US soon. At the naming ceremony in Houston, Texas, the very large ethane carrier (VLEC) came face-to-face with INEOS’ rugged off-road vehicle.
Pacific INEOS Grenadier
Pacific INEOS Belstaff
The carrier is 230 metres long. That's the length of two football pitches
Can carry 99,000 cubic metres of liquefied gas
Fitted with a dual-fuel main engine which means it can use ethane as fuel
The gas must be kept at -90°C to maintain it as a liquid
“Seeing the Grenadier 4X4 on the quayside next to the VLEC was simply spectacular,” said David Thompson, CEO of INEOS Trading & Shipping.
The Pacific INEOS Grenadier joins Pacific INEOS Belstaff, which was christened by Fran Millar, CEO of the iconic Belstaff clothing brand, in February.
At that naming ceremony, Fran said she was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the vessel.
“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “I literally cannot believe how big it is and I am amazed that such a small crew can run such a huge ship.”
Both ships are 230 metres long – the length of two football pitches – and can carry 50,000 tonnes of liquefied gas, which must be kept at -90°C to maintain it as a liquid.
The vessels are fitted with a dual-fuel main engine which means they can use ethane as a fuel.
But they also have the potential to carry other products, such as LPG and ethylene, the key petrochemical product from which so many products for INEOS are derived.
The ships have also provided Belstaff and the Grenadier with an enormous billboard, allowing them to introduce their brands to some very new places around the world.
David described the naming of Pacific INEOS Grenadier, which was built in Jiangnan, China, as ‘very special’.
“It highlighted perfectly the immense breadth of the company which now spans from chemicals and energy, to fashion and automotive,” he said.
The ship, which is made of about 18,000 tonnes of steel, was named by Randa Duncan Williams, Chairman of the general partner of Enterprise Products.
“We are delighted to work closely with INEOS,” he said. “Today is another milestone in our continuing relationship.”
INEOS now has 12 vessels – four very large ethane carriers (VLECs) and eight MGC ‘dragon-class’ ships.
The Dragon ships have been transporting America’s competitively-priced ethane across the Atlantic to the UK and Norway for more than six years.
It was a move that many said could not be done.
But INEOS Intrepid’s arrival in Rafnes, Norway, in 2015 silenced the sceptics and signalled the start of a renaissance for INEOS’ European crackers, saving the Grangemouth plant in Scotland from almost certain closure.
Since then, the fleet has grown – and will continue to grow – as INEOS continues to develop its virtual pipeline.
‘Seeing the Grenadier 4X4 on the quayside next to the VLEC was simply spectacular,’ - David Thompson, CEO of INEOS Trading & Shipping.
INEOS' new no-nonsense 4x4, The Grenadier, is dwarfed by the latest gas vessel to join INEOS' growing fleet of gas ship - the Pacific INEOS Grenadier. In February, INEOS named one of its vessels after its iconic clothing brand Belstaff.