The shipbuilder said the vessel would be able to carry LNG and shale gas derivatives such as ethane and ethylene.

The neo82GC, a prototype of an 82,000-cbm Moss-type LNG/multi-gas carrier, is part of its neo series of eco-friendly vessels.

The neo series, to date restricted to just bulkers, was developed in 2010 to meet tougher environmental regulations.

MES is looking to cash in on a demand growth for medium size gas carriers transporting cargoes from regional trading hubs such as Singapore.