Technology group Wärtsilä has announced that it will be supplying a comprehensive package to China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel.
The ship is currently under construction at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of ENN Energy – one of the largest users of LNG in China.
Wärtsilä will provide the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, gearbox, controlled pitch propeller (CPP), shaft generator, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and the ship’s sewage treatment plant.
All of the equipment is scheduled to be delivered and installed by early next year.
“This project will be China's first LNG bunkering vessel with a C type tank and is milestone for DSIC in the gas carrier market,” says Richard Hu, marketing director, DSIC.
“It follows the successful delivery of a VLEC with a capacity of 85,000 cubic metres – the world's largest C type tank.
“With these outstanding projects and more than 10 years R&D on large scale LNG carriers, DSIC is ready for the arrival of the LNG era.”
The vessel will be based at the newly opened ENN Zhoushan LNG receiving & bunkering terminal in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.
In addition to providing bunkering supply operations, the ship will also carry out gas testing services for LNG carriers and other LNG fuelled vessels.