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Monday, June 10, 2019 

China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel will operate with an integrated propulsion package supplied by Wärtsilä.

The 8500m3 capacity vessel, under construction for an affiliate of the ENN Energy holdings, one of the largest users of LNG in China, will be powered by a Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine driving controllable pitch propellers via reduction gear box. A shaft generator and a pair of Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines provide electrical power.

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply to builder Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) also includes the vessel’s cargo handling system and sewage treatment plant. Equipment is scheduled for delivery in early 2020.

“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,” said Scott Oh, Area Sales Director, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Marine.

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 85,000m3 - 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.”

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

The newbuild is expected to begin operations in 2020 at the newly opened ENN Zhoushan LNG receiving and bunkering terminal in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

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