GAC has handled the first tanker to berth at the newly constructed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal inside Kamarajar Port, Ennore in Chennai, India. The Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier ‘LNG/C Golar Snow’ was carrying the first consignment of 78,037m³ of LNG from Ras Laffan in Qatar for the commissioning of the terminal.

Agency operations were overseen by Captain Srinivasan Sethumadhavan, General Manager of Shipping Services at GAC’s Chennai Office, who is optimistic about the opportunities that the new LNG terminal will generate.

“The opening of the first LNG terminal on the east coast of India is likely to change trade dynamics and drive industrial growth in this area,” he says. “Overall, the outlook for the Indian LNG market is promising. Today, India imports some 45% of its total natural gas consumption. The government has invested heavily in the construction of more LNG terminals and pipelines in a bid to transform the country into a gas-based economy. This flourishing market is expected to give rise to an increase in the number of tanker calls. With our 26 offices serving all ports in India, GAC is ready to attend to the needs of LNG tankers.

“We congratulate all the stakeholders of the country’s newest LNG terminal, including Kamarajar Port and the terminal owners, and are honoured to be a part of it.”

GAC Shipping (India) Pvt Ltd is one of the country’s leading shipping and logistics services providers. It handles all types of vessels including tanker, breakbulk, cruise and naval.