Port of Zeebrugge receives first Q-Max LNG Carrier

  • Al Dafna Zeebrugge
  • Al Dafna Zeebrugge

On Sunday the 21st of July, LNG carrier Al Dafna set a new record for the Fluxys Zeebrugge LNG terminal as it was the first ever Q-Max vessel to call at the facility. Al Dafna carried out a large LNG delivery in Zeebrugge. Hoppe Ship Agencies, part of the Hoppe Maritime Group, was the agent for Al Dafna's call in Zeebrugge. 

Q-Max is a type of ship, specifically a membrane type liquefied natural gas carrier. In the name Q-Max, "Q" stands for Qatar and "Max" for the maximum size of ship able to dock at the LNG terminals in Qatar. Ships of this type are the largest LNG carriers in the world. Only 14 of these ships were built.

A Q-Max has a length of 345 meters, a width of 54 meters, a height of 35 meters and a depth of 12 meters. Al Dafna's capacity is 266,000 m³. The size of the ship reduce the transport expenses with 30 percent. Q-Max vessels are also 

“We are particularly pleased at Fluxys with this new milestone in our long-standing cooperation with Qatargas at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal,” Pascal De Buck, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of gas infrastructure group Fluxys, owner and operator of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal, said.