China’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel renovation project on Tuesday (15 November) was completed and the vessel was delivered in Nansha, Guangzhou.
Deemed to be the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, the newly remodelled Hai Yang Shiyou 301 will have LNG bunkering functions including being able to perform ship-to-ship transfers to large LNG fuel-powered vessels berthing at domestic coastal ports.
The vessel was originally a 30,000 cubic metre (m3) LNG carrier with a total length of 184.7 metres and a width of 28.1 metres.
It was the first LNG carrier vessel independently designed, built, managed and operating in China and was built by Jiangnan Shipyard before it was in operation in 2015.
The renovation project was undertaken by Guangzhou Wenchong Dockyard Co., Ltd as EPC general contractor while cooperating on it with several units of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The renovation design of this project was provided by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI), LNG bunkering hose system by No.716 Research Institute, and the GCU gas combustion device was developed and produced by No. 711 Research Institute. All these units are under the CSSC umbrella.
Wenchong added LNG refuelling systems, combustion devices, cryogenic reliquefaction devices, and related liquid cargo control systems.
After the renovation, the refuelling capacity of the ship can reach 1,650 cubic metres per hour, and can provide LNG bunkering services for large container ships, dual-fuel ore carriers, dual-fuel bulk carriers, crude oil tankers, and car ro-ro ships .
After the delivery of the remodelled Haiyang Shiyou 301 ship, it will soon be put into operation to complete its first bonded bunkering operation of the international voyage ships.
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Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Dave Hazon
Published: 17 November, 2022
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