The vessel is being built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (DSIC) for an affiliate of ENN Energy Holdings – one of the largest LNG users in China. The vessel was designed by China Ship Design & Research Center Co. Ltd, and the orders were booked with Wärtsilä in 1Q19.
According to the statement, Wärtsilä will provide the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, the gearbox, the controlled pitch propeller (CPP), the shaft generator, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and the ship’s sewage treatment plant. The integrated gas, propulsion and waste treatment systems are designed to deliver high efficiency with stable and clean operations. The equipment is reportedly scheduled for delivery early next year.
Scott Oh, Area Sales Director, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Marine, said: “Being the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies, makes this an important and exciting project. The experience and well-established track record that Wärtsilä has in LNG shipping applications is again endorsed with this latest order. Our ability as a single-source supplier to offer the full and integrated package of solutions brings real value to both the owners and the yard.”
Richard Hu, Marketing Director, DSIC, added: “This project is China's first LNG bunkering vessel with a C type tank and is another milestone for DSIC in the gas carrier market. It follows the successful delivery of a VLEC with a capacity of 85 000 m3 – the world’s largest C type tank. These outstanding projects and more than 10 years R&D on large scale LNG carriers, DSIC is ready for the arrival of the LNG era. We rely on Wärtsilä’s support and expertise, and we look forward to delivering various solutions for our distinguished customer.”
The newbuild LNG bunkering vessel will have a capacity of 8500 m3. It is the first such vessel for ENN Energy Holdings, and is part of the group’s plan to play an active role in the international marine LNG fuel supplier market. With this bunker vessel, ENN will be capable of providing fuel to the world’s largest LNG-fuelled vessels.
Wärtsilä claims that the vessel is expected to commence operations next year. It will be based at the newly opened ENN Zhoushan LNG receiving and bunkering terminal in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. In addition to providing bunkering supply operations, it will also carry out gas testing services for LNG carriers and other LNG-fuelled vessels.
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