CNOOC’s LNG bunkering vessel nears delivery

CNOOC’s 12,000-cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel, Hai Yang Shi You 302, has recently completed its sea trials.

State-owned CNOOC announced the completion of the trials in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Hai Yang Shi You 302 now entered the “delivery phase”, CNOOC said, but it did not say when it expects to take delivery of the LNG supply and bunkering ship.

The vessel features an electric power system and is part of the strategy for the “gasification of the Yangtze river”, according to CNOOC.

Its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows that the vessel left CIMC SOE’s yard in Qidong on March 26 and returned on March 29.

CNOOC’s LNG bunkering vessel nears delivery
Image: CNOOC

China’s Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) hosted a launching ceremony for the vessel in November last year and prior to that it held a keel-laying ceremony in June.

The unit of CIMC Enric won this contract worth about 441 million yuan ($61 million) in December 2021.

The CCS-classed 132.9 meters long and 22 meters wide vessel has a draft of 11.8 meters and features two type C tanks each with a capacity of some 6,000 cbm, CIMC SOE previously said.

Once delivered, it will mainly serve international ocean-going vessels and LNG-powered vessels on domestic coastal routes, and undertake LNG transfers along the giant Yangtze river, it said.

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