Hudong-Zhonghua launches Chinese LNG bunkering vessel

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

According to a statement by Hudong-Zhonghua, the shipbuilder floated out the 14,000-cbm river-sea vessel (H1871A) on January 24.

Anhui Changjiang LNG, the firm behind 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 launches Chinese LNG bunkering vessel
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

The shipbuilder 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.

Hudong-Zonghua said the vessel is scheduled to be delivered in August 2024.

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