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World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel completes STS LNG bunkering in China

31 Jan 2023

The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel Hai Yang Shi You 301 is reportedly ready to refuel vessels after it was recently converted from a LNG carrier vessel, according to China Daily on Tuesday (31 January). 

The ship recently successfully refuelled dual-fuel containership CMA CGM Concorde via a ship-to-ship transfer with 6,000 cubic metres (m3) of bonded LNG bunker fuel at Yantian Port in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The occasion marks the completion of the first bonded LNG bunkering operation in the southern Chinese region. 

According to Guangzhou Shipyard International Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp, the bonded LNG bunkering operation will greatly enhance the competitiveness of Yantian Port and is significant for Shenzhen in building a global LNG refuelling and marine centre in Guangdong province. 

The vessel was China’s s first LNG bunkering vessel renovation project which was originally a 30,000 m3 LNG carrier with a total length of 184.7 metres and a width of 28.1 metres.

It was the first LNG carrier vessel independently designed, built, managed and operating in China and was built by Jiangnan Shipyard before it was in operation in 2015.

The renovation project was undertaken by Guangzhou Wenchong Dockyard Co., Ltd as EPC general contractor while cooperating on it with several units of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

The renovation design of this project was provided by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI), LNG bunkering hose system by No.716 Research Institute, and the GCU gas combustion device was developed and produced by No. 711 Research Institute. All these units are under the CSSC umbrella.

Related: China completes its first LNG bunkering vessel “Hai Yang Shi You 301” conversion project
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Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Richard X.C.
Published: 31 January, 2023

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