World’s first LNG-powered VLCC wraps up gas trials

China’s Dalian Shipbuilding (DSIC) said the world’s first LNG-powered very large crude carrier has completed its gas trials.

DSIC built the 332.6 meters long Yuan Rui Yang for Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation, a unit of Cosco.

Prior to completing the gas trials, the vessel’s two 3500-cbm type C storage tanks received LNG via a truck-to-ship bunkering operation in November. Also, the vessel completed its sea trials in September.

World’s first LNG-powered VLCC wraps up gas trials
Image: DSIC

In a statement released on Tuesday, DSIC did not provide any information on when the shipbuilder controlled by CSSC expects to deliver the vessel to Cosco Shipping.

With a deadweight of about 319,000 tons, the LNG-powered vessel features WinGD’s dual-fuel propulsion.

To remind, Cosco Shipping’s initial order at DSIC included four 319,000-dwt VLLCs but it amended the contract to add LNG power to one of the ships in December 2019.

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