Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. (SIPG) subsidiary Shanghai SIPG Energy Service Co Ltd on Wednesday (26 April) completed a bunkering operation at the Luhuashan anchorage, according to Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission.
Its bunkering vessel Hai Gang Wei Lai delivered 1,600 cubic metres (m3) of bonded LNG bunker fuel to bunkering Hong Kong-registered containership Zim Mount Everest via a ship-to-ship transfer.
The operation highlights Shanghai Port’s feat of becoming the first port in China for simultaneous STS LNG bunkering operations while loading and unloading cargo during port calls since it became one of the few ports in the world with such service capabilities last year.
As of today, Hai Gang Wei Lai has completed a total of 38 ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services for shipping giants such as CMA CGM and ZIM.
With a capacity of 20,000 m3, the Hai Gang Wei Lai ship is currently the world’s largest newly built LNG bunkering ship.
According to ZIM in April, ZIM Mount Everest and Zim Mount Blanc is the second and third 15,000 TEU LNG-powered vessels to join ZIM’s fleet, following the delivery of ZIM Sammy Ofer in February 2023. They are commissioned under a long-term chartering agreement between ZIM and Seaspan Corporation.
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Published: 10 May, 2023
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