Wärtsilä to work in building China’s first LNG bunker vessel

Photo: Wärtsilä Corporation’s Facebook page

Wärtsilä, a Finnish corporation manufacturing power sources for the marine and energy markets, announced that it has agreed with Chinese energy firm to provide its integrated solutions in building China’s first LNG bunker vessel.

Being built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of the ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China and designed by China Ship Design & Research Center Co.Ltd, the ship will operate with a comprehensive and integrated package of highly efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions from Wärtsilä.

The provision from Wärtsilä included the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, the gearbox, controlled pitch propeller (CPP), shaft generator, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and the ship’s sewage treatment plant.
The equipment was booked in Q1 2019 and expected to be delivered in early 2020.

Scott Oh, Area Sales Director, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Marine said:

“Being the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies, makes this an important and exciting project. The experience and well-established track record that Wärtsilä has in LNG shipping applications is again endorsed with this latest order.

“Our ability as a single-source supplier to offer the full and integrated package of solutions brings real value to both the owners and the yard.”

Richard Hu, Marketing Director, DSIC said:

“This project is China’s first LNG bunkering vessel with a C type tank and is another milestone for DSIC in the gas carrier market. It follows the successful delivery of a VLEC with a capacity of 85,000cbm – the world’s largest C type tank.

“These outstanding projects and more than 10 years R&D on large scale LNGCarriers, DSIC is ready for the arrival of the LNG era. We rely on Wärtsilä’s support and expertise, and we look forward to delivering various solutions for our distinguished customer.”

With 8500 m3 capacity, this ship will be the first newbuilding LNG bunkering vessel for ENN Energy Holdings and is set to capable of supplying fuel to the world’s biggest LNG fuelled vessels in order to achieve the Group’s ambition to play an active role in the international marine LNG fuel supplier market.

The new vessel is scheduled to start operations in 2020 and will be based at the newly opened ENN Zhoushan LNG receiving & bunkering terminal in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

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