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Construction of LNG-powered Mega RoRo newbuilding at CIMC Raffles reaches milestone

25 Jun 2020

CIMC Raffles Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd (CIMC Raffles) on Monday (22 June) morning completed keel laying operations of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered MegaRoRo newbuilding at its Yantai shipyard.

The keel laying ceremony of the 1A super ice classed, 5,800 LM series vessel was conducted on time, which means the construction of the vessel has started comprehensively in full speed, stated CIMC Raffles.

“The punctual keel laying of the vessel solidates the whole vessel’s construction and delivery within schedule,” added assistant president and project director of CIMC Raffles,He Changhai.

“Through working with the owner side closely, I hope the whole project team including our partners and suppliers could continue the spirit of coordination and optimisation, and I am confident that we will deliver the series vessels to our client on time with satisfactory quality.”

The development builds upon the earlier steel cutting operation held at the shipyard on 30 March 2020. In addition, the steel cutting of the second vessel within the same series was held on 8 June 2020 in the same shipyard of CIMC Raffles.

“We see LNG as the best realistic fuel option right now. LNG will have to be a step on the road toward the biofuels for which our ships are ready, but the production of such alternatives is currently too low at present,” said Martin Carlweitz, who works with operations in Liner Service at Wallenius SOL.

“The ships are also prepared for what is known as peak shaving, where surplus power from the engines is used to charge a battery. We’ve prepared space, wiring and ventilation, and the only thing missing is the battery itself. The idea here is to use power from the battery, e.g. for manoeuvring the ship in port.”

Wallenius SOL is a joint venture between Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line (SOL) formed to build and operate the LNG-powered MegaRoRo newbuildings.

Related: CIMC Raffles begins construction of world’s largest LNG-powered mega RoRo Vessel
Related: Wallenius SOL to start venture with four LNG-powered newbuilds

Photo credit: CIMC Raffles Offshore Engineering Pte Ltd
Published: 25 June, 2020

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