Qatargas pioneered the development of two new classes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers. Referred to as Q-Flex and Q-Max, the ships were designed by a team of engineers who have made a quantum leap in the capacities of LNG carriers. Each ship has a cargo capacity of between 210,000 and 266,000 cubic metres and are 80% larger than the Q-Fleet ships.
These new vessels will have many innovative features to maximize cargo deliveries and to ensure the highest levels of safety and reliability, some of which include:
The Q-Flex vessels have a cargo capacity ranging from 210,000 m3 to 217,000 m3 while the Q-Max can transport between 263,000 m3 to 266,000 m3 of LNG. The vessels were constructed at three ship building yards in South Korea: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at Ulsan, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on Geoje Island and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on Geoje Island.
These new vessles will be used to transport LNG from Qatargas 2, Qatargas 3 and Qatargas 4 to markets around the globe. A total of 32 vessels (19 Q-Flex and 13 Q-Max) have been built.