CIMC SOE launches Seaspan’s second LNG bunkering ship

China’s Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering launched the second 7,600-cbm LNG bunkering vessel it is building for Canada’s Seaspan Energy.

CIMC SOE held the launching ceremony for the LNG bunkering vessel, Seaspan Lions on April 11, it said in a statement.

The vessel has 112.8 meters in length, 18.6 meters in width, 5 meters in draft, and a design speed of 13 knots.

CIMC SOE won a contract in 2022 to build two 7,600-cbm LNG bunkering vessels for Seaspan.

Besides two firm LNG bunkering ships, the deal also included an option for a third vessel and Seaspan exercised its option for that vessel as well.

Bonn-based TGE Marine Gas Engineering will supply the cargo handling and fuel gas system for the three vessels.

The vessels will each feature two IMO type C cylindrical tanks and an LNG sub-cooling system to facilitate cargo conditioning during transit and anchorage.

Designed by Vard Marine, the bunkering vessels will provide ship-to-ship LNG transfer as well as coastal/short sea shipping operations.

CIMC SOE launches Seaspan’s second LNG bunkering ship
Image: Seaspan Energy

Second LNG bunkering vessel to work in Pacific Northwest

Seaspan ULC is a group of Canadian companies that are primarily involved in coastal marine, transportation, bunker fueling, ship repair, and shipbuilding services on the West Coast of North America, and Seaspan Energy is part of this group.

Seaspan Energy said in a separate statement that Seaspan Lion will provide LNG fueling services for vessels on the West Coast of North America.

Wit this, Seaspan Energy will become the first company to provide LNG bunkering in the Pacific Northwest, it said.

On the other hand, the first vessel in this batch, Seaspan Garibaldi, which was launched on December 27, 2023, will be based in the Panama region.

Seaspan Energy expects to take delivery of the first two LNG bunkering vessels later this year and the third vessel in 2025.

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