Wilhelmsen Ship Management has sealed a deal with London-based energy supplier for small-scale LNG and gas carrier owner Avenir LNG Limited to manage three of its LNG bunker vessels.

The Singapore-based ship manager for various vessel segments Wilhelmsen, with a portfolio of more than 450 vessels and 11,000 active seafarers, has been awarded the ships Avenir Achievement, Avenir Ascension and Avenir Aspiration.

The three vessels were previously managed by Hoegh LNG, one of three blue-chip shareholders in Avenir LNG, alongside Stolt Nielsen Ltd and Golar LNG.

Avenir is a new customer to Wilhelmsen and Carl Schou, chief executive and president of Wilhelmsen said “the company is excited about the opportunities this collaboration will bring and the value it will deliver to both parties”.

The Oslo-stock listed company currently has a total fleet of 5 tankers in the water. The latest vessel to join the fleet was the 20,000-cbm Avenir Achievement in May last year.

It also owns a small-scale LNG terminal in Sardinia, with assets/partnership now operating in China, Malaysia, the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and the Caribbean.

Avenir LNG, chief executive Peter Mackey said “Hoegh LNG have contributed enormously to the success of Avenir LNG since the company was established in 2018, paving a solid foundation for the future. We applaud all their hard work and Hoegh LNG will continue to be key part of our growth trajectory as a key shareholder. The award to Wilhelmsen, one of the world’s top ship managers with global reach, represents a new milestone on our journey and we have full confidence in the added value they can deliver”.