Energy major BP has fixed five LNG carriers on multi-year deals as it makes its bid to secure newbuilding tonnage in a market that brokers say is almost sold out of modern two-stroke vessels from independent owners in 2022.

Shipping sources watching the major said BW LNG has fixed one of its two 2022-delivering, and apparently speculatively-ordered, LNG newbuildings to BP.

They said the company has committed its vessel for three years at a rate in the mid-$80,000-per-day range.