Construction progresses on CNOOC’s LNG bunkering vessel in China

China’s Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering has hosted a launching ceremony for CNOOC’s 12,000-cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.

The ceremony for the LNG bunkering vessel, Hai Yang Shi You 302, took place on November 5, according to a statement by CIMC SOE.

This is not the first time for the vessel (S1066) to touch the water as CIMC SOE floated out the ship in August when Fratelli Cosulich’s LNG bunkering vessel, Alice Cosulich, entered the dry dock again for further paint work ahead of its delivery to the owner.

CIMC SOE now officially launched CNOOC’s LNG bunkering vessel that it plans to deliver in 2024.

Construction progresses on CNOOC's LNG bunkering newbuild in China
Image: CIMC SOE

The shipbuilder is constructing this vessel for a unit of CNOOC Energy Development.

It held a keel-laying ceremony for this vessel on June 30.

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 said.

After completion in 2024, 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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