Evolution of the global LNG carrier fleet

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These graphs show the evolution of the global LNG carrier fleet: number of annual vessels commissioned, total number of LNG carriers in service and average capacity by vessel since 1964.

The total capacity of the global LNG carrier fleet almost doubled between 1970 and 2010, rising from 75 million m3 to 150 million m3. In addition to this total average increase, the average LNG carrier capacity has risen, in particular since the recent commissioning of close to 50 LNG “Q-series” carriers (Q-flex: 210,000 m3, Q-max: 260,000 m3). In early 2011, the average size of LNG carriers reached approximately 150,000 m3.

Source IGU - WORLD LNG REPORT (2012)