Wärtsilä solutions picked for China’s first LNG bunkering ship

Written by Nick Blenkey
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First Chinese owned LNG bunkering vessel will have Wärtsilä propulsion machinery, and Wärtsilä cargo handling and waste treatment systems (Image copyright: CSDC)

China’s first seagoing LNG bunkering vessel will operate with a comprehensive and integrated package of Wärtsilä solutions..

Designed by the China Ship Design & Research Center, the 8,500 cu.m capacity ship is being built by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for an affiliate of ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China.

Wärtsilä will provide 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 integrated gas, propulsion, and waste treatment systems are designed to deliver high efficiency with stable and clean operations. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in early 2020.


“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,” says Richard Hu, Marketing Director, DSIC. “It follows the successful delivery of a VLEC with a capacity of 85,000 cu.m – the world’s largest C type tank.”

“Being the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies, makes this an important and exciting project,” says Scott Oh, Area Sales Director, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Marine. “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 shipyard.”

The vessel is the first newbuilding LNG bunkering vessel for ENN Energy Holdings, Capable of supplying fuel to the world’s biggest LNG fueled vessels, it is set to begin operations in 2020. It will be based at the newly opened ENN Zhoushan LNG receiving and bunkering terminal in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

In addition to providing bunkering supply operations, it will also carry out gas testing services for LNG carriers and other LNG fueled vessels.

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