The world’s largest LNG vessel, Mozah, has today (Thursday) arrived on its maiden visit to the South Hook LNG Terminal in Milford Haven, an occasion the company says heralds a new era in the history of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation.

The Q-Max ship measures metres 345 long, is nearly 54 metres wide and 34.7metres high. She has a capacity to carry 266,000 cubic metres of LNG, enough to heat every home in the UK , 26 million homes, for one day.

The Mozah was named after the Emir of Qatar's wife, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned she is one of a fleet built of supertankers built in Korea for the Qatargas 2 project.

The Q-Max ship has 80 percent more capacity than conventional LNG carriers with about 40 percent lower energy requirements, due to the economies of scale created by their size and the efficiency of the engines.

“The Q-Max was built and designed to deliver cargoes to these distant markets from Qatar," said Mr. Faisal M. Al Suwaidi, Qatargas chairman and chief executive officer.

"The Q-Max is a key element in the integrated value chain which made it economically viable for us to deliver cargos to the UK and beyond. "This is an historic occasion for Qatargas as it is the first time the Mozah and a Q-max has delivered an LNG cargo to the UK.”

Mr. Mohammed Al-Naimi General Manager of South Hooks states: “This is an honour for South Hook that the Mozah” is here at this time a couple days a head of the Official Inauguration”

The official inauguration of South Hook LNG, attended by the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew, in due to take place next Tuesday, May 12th.