In China, CIMC Blue Water, CIMC Enric Holdings’ subsidiary, has reportedly successfully delivered 29 LNG oil-to-gas conversion vessels to Zhuhai Port Shipping Company, a customer and Zhuhai Port Holdings Group’s subsidiary.
This is the most significant singular batch delivery of converted vessels to take place in the nation, and per CIMC Enric, a crucial achievement in the “Gasification of the Pearl River” assignment undertaken in Guangdong Province by the firm.
The firm plans to deliver 15 additional vessels to its customers at the beginning of 2023.
The delivery will follow a plan issued in 2022 (August) by the Guangdong Provincial Government. The plan aims to upgrade the facilities and equipment’s green level to lower shipping pollution and successfully deliver 50 LNG single-fuel-powered vessels and about 300 oil-to-gas vessel-conversion activities.
Besides, in 2022’s September, five national ministries issued “Implementation Opinions” meant to jointly accelerate intelligent and green development of the country’s inland waterway vessels.
The statement requires the increase of green-powered vessels such as LNG, hydrogen fuel, battery, and methanol to achieve demonstration applications in the basins of the Yangtze, Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, Pearl, and Minjiang, significantly lower pollution emissions from inland waterway vessels, and form a new modal of intelligent and green operations and development of inland waterway vessels that are highly replicable, sustainable, and promotable.
By the year-end last year, CIMC Enric had completed its conversion of 78 vessels, including delivering 29 ships for the Zhuhai Port Group.
The firm has reportedly stated that it is dedicated to promoting clean energy through oil-to-gas vessel conversion activities, which includes providing a comprehensive solution that covers LNG-powered vessels, LNG-related equipment, bunkering and LNG receiving stations, LNG supply assurance, and a unique solution for LNG fuel tank replacement.
By 2025, Guangdong will likely have 1,500 natural gas vessels converted for inland waterway shipping.
References: LNG Industry
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