COSCO says world’s first LNG-powered VLCC completes maiden delivery

China’s COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation, a unit of COSCO, said that the world’s first LNG-powered very large crude carrier, Yuan Rui Yang, has delivered its first shipment to Vietnam.

COSCO Shipping said the LNG dual-fuel vessel had completed the shipment on May 18.

According to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the VLCC delivered the cargo from Kuwait’s Mina al-Ahmadi to Vietnam’s Nghi Son.

COSCO says world's first LNG-powered VLCC completes maiden delivery
Two LNG tanks (Image: COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation)

China’s Dalian Shipbuilding (DSIC) delivered this 332.6 meters long vessel to COSCO Shipping in February this year.

With a deadweight of about 319,000 tons, the LNG-powered vessel features WinGD’s dual-fuel propulsion and two 3500-cbm type C storage tanks.

According to DSIC, the LNG storage tanks enable the vessel to sail in the gas mode about 12,000 nautical miles.

COSCO says world's first LNG-powered VLCC completes maiden delivery2
Image: COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation

Dutch firm Titan LNG said in April it had joined forces with a unit of Malaysian energy giant Petronas to bunker this VLCC in the port of Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.

The Petronas-chartered Avenir Advantage delivered LNG to Yuan Rui Yang under a deal Titan has with Koch Industries, the charterer of the LNG-powered VLCC.

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