Hudong-Zhonghua: Chinese LNG bunkering vessel wraps up trials

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua is nearing the delivery of Huaihe Energy Group’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and supply vessel which will work along the giant Yangtze river.

CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua said in a statement that the 14,000-cbm river-sea vessel has completed its gas trials on June 1.

The LNG bunkering ship will be named Huaihe Neng Yuan Qihang.

Hudong-Zhonghua launched the ship in January saying that it plans to deliver it in August this year.

The shipbuilder did not mention the delivery date in the new statement.

Anhui Changjiang LNG, the operator of the Wuhu LNG inland terminal in Anhui, along the Yangtze river, and a unit of Huaihe Energy Group, ordered this ship in August 2022.

The construction of the new LNG vessel is part of the strategy for the “gasification of the Yangtze river”, Hudong-Zhonghua said.

Hudong-Zhonghua: Chinese LNG bunkering vessel wraps up trials
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

Hudong-Zhonghua said this is the first such LNG bunkering and supply vessel developed and built only by Chinese companies.

Moreover, the CCS-classed vessel is 130 meters long, 23.60 meters wide, and with a depth of 15 meters.

The dual-fuel ship features a type B LNG tank developed by Hudong-Zhonghua.

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