Chinese offshore shipbuilding company CIMC Raffles on Wednesday (1 April) said it has started construction of the world’s largest liquid natural gas (LNG) powered 5,800 LM series mega RoRo newbuildings.
Wallenius SOL placed two firm orders for the vessel, with an option of two more. The ice-class newbuilding is CIMC Raffles’ first international order, said the company.
It noted the vessel’s concept was developed by Danish Naval Architect Knud E. Hansen (KEH), which is recognised by Lloyd’s Register.
The vessels span 241.70m in length, 35.20m in width, with 5,800 lane meters and 20 knots speed. It will be equipped with two Type C LNG tanks with a capacity of 685 cubic meters each, said CIMC Raffles.
As they will be operated in harsh and icy environments, the vessels will be designed to meet Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super standards and winterization requirements.
CIMC Raffles noted that it has been working closely with designers, suppliers, and classification societies for the past year before finally moving into the construction phase of the project.
“Even though some aspects of the project’s execution, like technical communication and supply chain, were negatively influenced by the Coronavirus outbreak, we managed to begin construction on schedule, which will provide a solid base of the project’s delivery to be on time,” said Ni Tao, Executive Vice President of CIMC Raffles.
With the construction of this project, CIMC Raffles hopes it will enhance the development of its international RoRo division into the main-stream market, as well as to approach the high-end RoRo and RoPax markets in the future.
Photo credit: CIMC Raffles
Published: 2 April, 2020