Small-scale LNG solution provider Avenir LNG Limited has launched its third 7,500 m3, dual-purpose, LNG supply and bunkering vessel, Avenir Aspiration, at China’s Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co (CSOE)
With an overall length of 116 m, beam of 19 m and draught of 5.95 m, Avenir Aspiration will now undergo final outfitting before commissioning, gas and sea trials with an anticipated mid-2021 delivery. CSOE is building an additional sister vessel with a capacity of 7,500-m3 and two 20,000-m3 LNG carriers all for delivery later this year, bringing Avenir’s total fleet to six specialised LNG vessels.
Avenir LNG chief executive Peter Mackey said “Our fleet is the backbone of Avenir’s asset-enabled LNG supply strategy, and we look forward to taking delivery of Avenir Aspiration later in the year.”
Avenir LNG’s first two LNG supply and bunkering vessels, Avenir Advantage and Avenir Accolade were ordered from Keppel Nantong Shipyard. Avenir Advantage became the first dedicated LNGBV in southeast Asia in October 2020, commencing a three-year charter to Petronas LNG, supplying LNG to fuel ships operating in Malaysia and delivering cargoes directly to small-scale customers in the region.
Its sister vessel Avenir Accolade is chartered to Hygo Energy Transition (formerly Golar Power) for use in Brazil under a three-year charter.
Avenir Advantage and Avenir Accolade are two dual-fuel (MGO and LNG) vessels, each with a length overall of 123.44 m, beam of 18.6 m and draught of 5.65 m, with two IMO Type C tanks with a total cargo capacity of 7,500 m3. Propulsion is supplied by a single screw, with power delivered by a Wärtsilä 6L34DF main engine, rated at 2,700 kW at 750 rpm.
Under construction at CSOE, the two larger LNG bunkering and supply vessels will each have a length overall of 159.9 m, a beam of 24 m and draught of 8.2 m, with propulsion power supplied by a WinGD 5RTFlex50DF engine, rated at 7,200 kW at 124 rpm. All of Avenir LNG’s fleet are being built to DNV GL class, with deliveries of the two 20,000-m3 LNG bunker vessels expected in Q4 2021.
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