Japan to receive five LNG tankers.
Japan will receive at least five liquefied-natural-gas tankers over the weekend and Spain at least four, according to vessel tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.
The five vessels that Japan is expected to receive, including Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd's Al Jasra and Nippon Yusen Kaisha's Energy Confidence, can together carry 450,571 cubic meters of LNG.
Natural gas accounted for 17 percent of Japan's total energy use in 2008, according to BP Plc.
The four ships Spain is scheduled to receive, including Teekay Corp.'s Hispania Spirit and BW Shipping Group Ltd's LNG Benue, can together move 564,478 cubic meters of LNG.
The data also showed China will receive one LNG tanker, Min Rong LNG Shipping Co.'s Min Rong, which can carry 145,000 cubic meters of LNG. India, the U.K., Turkey, and Italy will receive one LNG tanker each, the data showed. On the export side, at least 16 tankers are scheduled to arrive in natural-gas producing countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, the data showed.