Tarbit takes delivery of second LNG-powered tanker in China

China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has handed over the second LNG-powered chemical tanker to Sweden’s Tarbit.

The shipbuilder said in a statement that the virtual delivery ceremony for the 13,000-dwt tanker, Bit Wind, took place on May 23.

Built by Jiangsu New Yangzi, a unit of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the vessel is 129.99 meters long and features two type C LNG tanks.

To remind, Tarbit welcomed the first vessel in this batch of two, Bit Wave, in April this year.

Tarbit ordered these two LNG-powered vessels at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in December 2019. VesselsValue data shows the firm has paid about $50 million for each ship.

Moreover, China’s Gloryholder Liquefied Gas Machinery was responsible to deliver LNG fuel systems for both of the tankers. The vessels will run on LNG or LBG but also fuel oil.

Classed by Bureau Veritas, the vessels feature ice class 1A and a cargo capacity of 15,000 cbm, according to Tarbit.

Tarbit already owns what it says is the world’s first LNG-powered product and chemical tanker, Bit Viking.

Tarbit and charterer Equinor joined forces in 2009 to convert the 2007-built vessel to use LNG and it has been in operation since 2011, according to Tarbit’s website.

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