China - World’s 1st LNG-powered VLCC kicks off sea trials

The world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled very large crude carrier (VLCC) has commenced its sea trials in Chinese waters, after completing the construction phase.

The 318,000 dwt vessel was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) for COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation.

The ship measures a total length of about 332.6 meters, a width of 60 meters and a depth of 30.5 meters. It is equipped with WINGD low-pressure dual-fuel main engine.

The main engine and generator have low-pressure selective catalytic reduction (LPSCR) reactors, which are expected to help the vessel meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) phase III, and NOx Tier III requirements for nitrogen oxide emission, according to the company.

Initially, the VLCC was ordered as a standard fuel ship, however, COSCO signed a supplemental agreement in January 2020 with Dalian Shipbuilding to use LNG-fueled power for its vessel.

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