China Shipbuilding Group Corporation in early March said a new generation of LNG-ready ultra-large ore carrier (VLOC) that it has been building for SK Marine successfully completed sea trials.
The 325,000 tonne (mt) oreship No.8 is the first in a new generation of VLOCs with a deck area spanning three standard football fields, and the main structure stands at seventeen stories high.
The vessel is equipped with a scrubber and an LNG fuel reserve tank in view of future fuel requirements and is built with energy efficiency and durability in mind. It is estimated to be delivered by late April.
There were some obstacles in the execution of the trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company managed to accomplish the task while adhering to outbreak control measures due to careful planning and communicating via electronic platforms.
Photo credit: China Shipbuilding Group Corporation
Published: 25 March, 2020
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