China’s first seagoing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Xin Ao Pu Tuo Hao on Saturday (22 September) berthed at the Zhoushan Xin’ao LNG Terminal, marking its maiden voyage since its delivery on 16 September.
The ship is said to also be the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel equipped with a type-C tank.
While at Zhoushan, the ship is expected to be loaded with 8,000 cubic metres (m3) of LNG bunker fuel cargo at Zhoushan Xin’ao LNG Terminal to distribute as bunker fuel to container ships in Shenzhen Yantian Port.
Zhoushan Maritime Safety Administration was said to have made every effort to ensure the vessel’s safety during its entry and exit as well as during its operations at the terminal.
Manifold Times previously reported China Classification Society (CCS) announcing Xin Ao Pu Tuo Hao was successfully delivered at the offshore site of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co., Ltd on 16 September.
It became the first domestic newbuilding LNG bunker vessel in China that was classed by CCS and complied with CCS Rules for LNG Bunkering Vessels.
According to a separate 2019 statement by technology group Wärtsilä on the ship, it is China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel and the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies.
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Photo credit: Zhoushan Maritime Safety Administration
Published: 26 September, 2022
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