The first bunker tanker purpose-built for the Zhejiang Free-Trade Zone (FTZ) on Thursday (4 June)
completed its sea trials by sailing around Daishan Island and will be put into service shortly, according to a statement from the Zhoushan Municipal Committee.
The Runji 1 ship was designed by the Zhejiang Xinhai Ship Design and Research Institute to handle the large waves in the FTZ and built by Zhoushan Hetai Ship Repair and Construction Co Ltd.
The 5,000 dwt tanker, which shares characteristics of fuel tankers in Singapore, the Netherlands and other international bunkering ports, features an imported digital massflow meter and can provide multiple bunker fuel deliveries to ships in a single trip.
Port authorities hope the addition of Runji 1 will increase the efficiency and competitiveness of bunker fuel supply at the Zhejiang FTZ.
Photo credit: Zhoushan Municipal Committee
Published: 11 June, 2020
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