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China Classification Society checks in on LNG bunker tanker project

04 Apr 2019

The China Classification Society (CCS) on Thursday (4 April) says it took part in a meeting between stakeholders involved in a construction project for an 8,500 cubic metre (m3) capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.

The vessel comes under a newbuilding contract between Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) and ENN Group in October 2018.

“Recently, CCS technical team went to DSIC to provide technical service for the project of ENN Energy’s 8,500 CBM LNG Bunkering vessel,” it updates.

“The team had in-depth exchange and discussion with shipowner representatives, DSIC Ship Research Institute, China Ship Design & Research Center, tanks manufacturers and other stakeholders on ship design, plan approval, construction survey and other relevant issues.”

The 8,500 m3 LNG bunker tanker will be the world's largest to use type ‘C’ LNG tanks; it has a total length of 119.3 meters, a width of 19.8 meters, a depth of 11 meters, a design draught of 5.9 meters, and a structure draft of 6.2 meters, says DSI.

The vessel will support LNG operations at a new Austria-Zhoushan International LNG filling terminal, and complement LNG bunkering operations at Zhoushan port when it is delivered.

“The design, fabrication, testing and inspection of type ‘C’ LNG tank is very mature in China and the cost of such tanks is much lower than other types such as a membrane tank or type ‘B’ tank,” Jiang Botao, the General Manager of CCS Singapore Branch earlier told Manifold Times.

“Besides easier installation, a type ‘C’ tank is able to hold the boil-off gas (BOG) pressure without additional treatment systems or equipment for the bunkering vessel.”

DSIC in 2018 entered into a joint development project agreement with classification society DNV GL to develop a new 23,000 TEU LNG fuelled ultra large container vessel.

Related: ENN Energy orders 8,500 m3 LNG bunkering tanker to support terminal ops
Related: China Classification Society: ‘Incredible progress’ on Chinese LNG sector in decade
Related: Dalian Shipbuilding to develop LNG-fuelled ultra large container vessel

Photo credit: China Classification Society
Published: 4 April, 2019


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