Wijnne Barends: Wuhu wraps up work on fourth LNG-powered vessel

China’s Wuhu has completed the fourth and the last LNG-powered cargo vessel for shipping firm Wijnne Barends, an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group.

Lady Monique departed Wuhu Shipyard on September 22 to bunker LNG near the yard in a brand new LNG bunkering facility named “Wuhu LNG”, according to a social media post by Wijnne Barends.

This is the first LNG-powered ship built by Wuhu that could complete LNG bunkering in Wuhu, the shipping firm said.

The 115 meters long vessel was on Thursday undergoing sea trials in the South China Sea.

With the completion of this fourth and the final vessel in these series, Wijnne Barends closed the site office in the shipyard, it said.

To remind, Wijnne Barends and Finland’s UPM have recently christened the second out of four LNG-powered short-sea cargo vessels, Lady Mathilde, in the port of Amsterdam.

It took delivery of the 115 meters long Lady Marie Christine, first vessel in these series, in January this year.

China’s Wuhu also delivered the third vessel, Lady Menna, and this vessel was on Thursday located in the Mediterranean Sea, off Egypt.

All of these ships will go on charter to UPM to transport all kind of paper-related materials.

UPM says that using LNG would enable the company to slash emissions. The firm aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its supply chain by 30 percent by 2030.

Finland’s Wartsila provided LNG propulsion and also storage systems for the four ships as part of a deal signed in December 2020.

The vessels have a Wartsila 34DF dual-fuel main engine and a Wartsila LNGPac system that Wuhu installed below deck.

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