Portugal’s Galp Energia is in final discussions with three shipowners as it closes in on its preferred choice for a single time-chartered vessel.

TradeWinds understands that Evangelos Marinakis-led Capital Gas, Denmark’s Celsius Shipping and Pan Ocean of South Korea are the finalists left in the running for the deal with the energy utility.

Both Celsius and Capital Gas are sitting on unfixed LNG carrier newbuildings that are on order in South Korea.