Liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel Xin Ao Pu Tuo Hao, successfully delivered LNG bunker fuel via ship-to-ship transfer to a CMA CGM dual fuel container ship on 22 November, says an article published on Manifoldtimes.
China’s first seagoing
The ship is said to also be the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel equipped with a type-C tank and it is China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel as well as the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies.
Xin Ao Pu Tuo Hao successfully refuelled the containership, which was not named by the Chinese media, with 7,000 cubic metres of LNG bunker fuel, marking the first LNG bunkering of an international vessel in Shenzhen.
Qin Weizhong, deputy secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee and mayor, attended the ceremony while the media witnessed the bunkering operation.
First hub port
With the bunkering operation, Shenzhen Port has thus become the fourth hub port in the world and the first hub port in South China to have LNG bunkering service capabilities after Singapore Port, Rotterdam Port, and Shanghai Port.
It is also an important step for Shenzhen to promote the development of green shipping and build an international bonded fuel bunkering centre.
Manifold Times previously reported the 8,500 m3 LNG bunkering vessel was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co., Ltd. for ENN Energy Holdings Co., Ltd, one of the largest users of LNG in China and managed and operated by Southwest Maritime Limited.
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