One of the most advanced and energy-efficient VLCCs ever built in China is now operational following extensive surveys by China Classification Society (CCS)
307,000-dwt VLCC tanker CS Hunan Venture was delivered by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group (DSIC) in a naming ceremony held in Dalian. The vessel is owned by China Shipbuilding Consulting Company and operated by Wah Kwong Ship Management Hong Kong.
CCS vice president Fan Qiang attended the ceremony and said CS Hunan Venture’s innovative design means its Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is more than 20% below the baseline, which CCS reported is one of the best in the world for VLCCs of the same size. The vessel’s comprehensive performance indices reached world-first class during surveying.
“The ship has excellent energy-saving and environmental protection performance because it has a straight bow design profile and is equipped with a new type of main engine, a 7G80ME-C9.5 made by Dalian Marine Diesel,” said Mr Qiang.
He added, “It has a propeller of large-diameter and high-efficiency, and a before-propeller energy-saving device which DSIC has an independent intellectual property right for. This is a new highly competitive ground-breaking generation of ship design for the newbuild market.”
CCS reported that the vessel meets the harmonised common structural rules and complies with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials according to both IMO Ship Recycling Convention and EU regulations.
CS Hunan Venture has a total length of 333 m, width of 60 m and a cruising range of more than 26,000 nautical miles. The VLCC tanker can pass through the Strait of Malacca with a designed draft of 20.5 m and a normal loading rate of 2M barrels of crude oil.
CCS president Mo Jianhui said another major VLCC-related project CCS is working on with DSIC is an order for an LNG dual-fuel VLCC, which, will be the first LNG dual-fuel VLCC in the world and will be delivered around the end of 2021.
“CCS continues to ramp up its scientific research and innovation capabilities and is jointly developing many VLCC ship types with major Chinese shipyards,” said Mr Jianhui.
He added, “We believe CCS is one of the leading classification societies for international innovation in energy conservation, environmental protection and intelligent shipping. As a result of years of work between CCS and our shipyard partners we are creating a number of ground-breaking independent intellectual property rights based around new advanced technology.”
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