World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel in another Shanghai op

The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, Hai Gang Wei Lai, has delivered liquefied natural gas to another containership chartered by CMA CGM in China’s Yangshan port, according to Shanghai SIPG Energy Service.

On April 24, the 20,000-cbm bunkering and supply ship, previously known as Avenir Allegiance, delivered about 7,045 cbm of LNG to the 2022-built containership CMA CGM Liberty, SSES said in a statement.

South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries recently delivered the 15,000-teu LNG dual-fuel containership, owned by EPS and chartered by CMA CGM, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

During the LNG bunkering operation, the vessel also simultaneously completed loading and unloading of containers.

World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel in another Shanghai op
During the first LNG bunkering operation (Image: CMA CGM)

SSES, a new unit of China’s terminal operator Shanghai International Port (SIPG) and Shenergy, said this marked another bunkering operation following the completion of the milestone delivery in March.

This operation also took place at a time when Shanghai is under lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to these operations, SIPG and CMA CGM signed a 10-year bunkering deal in January under which SIPG will fuel CMA CGM’s 15,000-teu vessels with the new LNG bunkering vessel in Yangshan port.

The vessel loads LNG at Shenergy’s Yangshan LNG terminal for onward distribution to CMA CGM’s vessels.

CMA CGM’s vessels in question will serve its Pearl River Express (PRX) line, which sails from China to the Port of Los Angeles.

SSES is in charge for the LNG bunkering operations and the firm also bought the large bunkering vessel from London-based Avenir.

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