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CIMC Enric ‘swappable’ LNG bunker fuel tank design passes expert feasibility review

20 Mar 2023

An installation plan for swappable liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker fuel tanks on vessels has recently passed a review in a meeting with experts and authorities in China, said Nantong CIMC ENERGY Equipment Co., Ltd. (Nantong Energy) as quoted by several China-based news outlets.

Nantong Energy, a subsidiary of CIMC Enric, highlighted the plan will be used as a guidance document for future system installations.

The meeting organised by CIMC Enric was attended by a total of 24 leaders and experts from Nantong CIMC ENERGY Equipment Co., Ltd., China’s Ministry of Transport, China Classification Society and others.

Rapid development of LNG-fuelled ships in China has created increasing demand for LNG bunkering infrastructures, according to news reports. 

However, the traditional LNG bunkering method takes a long time and is inefficient, and the construction and operation of LNG marine refuelling stations are long and difficult tasks.

Operation of a few LNG marine refuelling stations in China has also resulted in restrictions for the promotion and application of LNG-powered ships.

The LNG tank replacement method launched by CIMC Enric, China Waterborne Transport Research Institute and the Wuhan Institute of Standards of China Classification Society is aimed at solving these series of constraints in LNG bunkering. 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

Related: China: Two boxships refuelled using new LNG bunkering method


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Published: 20 March, 2023

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