Trader Gunvor has fixed an LNG carrier that has been converted into a floating storage unit for a delayed midscale liquefaction project in Russia.

Gunvor is understood to have taken on the 138,107-cbm Portovvy (ex-Excel, built 2003) for several months.

The vessel, which has been converted to serve as an ice-strengthened FSU for Gazprom’s delayed Portovaya LNG export plant near Vyborg, was this week heading for the Suez Canal after being gassed up in the Middle East.