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Wison launches multifunctional carrier

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Wison Offshore & Marine has announced that it has launched Wison-LNG-Distributor (LNGD) – an innovative multifunctional carrier.

The vessel has a scalable capacity between 5000 and 20 000 m3, and integrates LNG loading, bunkering and container delivery, helping to make regional LNG redistribution more efficient and less costly.

Conventional LNG carriers are designed to load, transfer and unload full cargoes between two different terminal points. The LNGD, however, is especially designed to distribute partial loads to coastal areas in regions such as the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Northern Europe. The vessel is also designed to operate at a shallow draft of 4.5 m, allowing it to operate in areas where carriers with similar capacities cannot access. The azimuth thruster propulsion system provides excellent manoeuvrability, eliminating the need for assistance from a tug. The vessel also features a bunkering arm, which enables quick connection with the receiving facility and a short turnaround time. This arm connects to the manifold of the receiving unit, eliminating the need for a hose transfer system at each receiving point. Furthermore, the carrier has a large, open deck, serviced by a crane. This area can be used to deliver general supplies and parts. Another unique feature of the vessel is that it is capable of delivering and picking up full and empty ISO containers for inland trucking. The empty containers can be refilled on board the vessel using a refill station.

The CEO of Wison Offshore & Marine, CUI Ying, said: “Our LNGD solution will become a key enabler for small scale FSRU and FSRP development in the areas that are either inaccessible or too small to be commercially feasible served by a large-scale floating unit or land facility.”

The vessel is also useful for nearshore LNG milk-run deliveries in locations that have restricted access, such as harbours and shallow rivers. As well as the LNGD, Wison also offers a number of other small scale LNG distribution solutions, including an LNG carrier and a bunkering vessel.

CUI Ying added: “By dedicating to the development of cost-effective and innovative products across the LNG value chain, we’re tailoring solutions to various demand scenarios and clearing roadblocks for LNG distribution to end markets that remain untapped.”

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