Flex LNG’s next available LNG carriers, which do not fall open for another four years, are already the subject of discussions.

Speaking in the New York-listed company’s third-quarter results presentation streamed on YouTube, chief executive Oystein Kalleklev said there is “a lot of interest” for those vessels.

He said the earliest available deliveries for LNG newbuildings are now 2027, and at current prices of around $250m per ship and higher interest rates, these would need charters of between 10 and 12 years at rates starting around $90,000 per day.