VESSEL REVIEW | Zhongyi 001 – LNG bunker barge to serve China’s Three Gorges Reservoir

VESSEL REVIEW | Zhongyi 001 – LNG bunker barge to serve China’s Three Gorges Reservoir

Photo: China Classification Society

A new LNG bunkering barge has begun operating in the waters of the Three Gorges Reservoir in Hubei province in central China.

Designed and built in compliance to China Classification Society (CCS) rules, Zhongyi 001 was developed as part of a joint pilot project by the Chinese Ministry of Transport and the Hubei provincial government with the goal of increasing the availability of LNG as a fuel for maritime transport that passes through the Yangtze River.

The barge has an LOA of 90 metres, a beam of 16 metres, a depth of three metres, and a design draught of 1.2 metres. Up to 500 cubic metres of LNG can be stored in the onboard cargo tanks.

The vessel will be used for bunkering of both LNG and conventional fuel oil with a flash point greater than 60 degrees Celsius to ships at berth. Cargo tanks are also fitted to enable the barge to transport recovered sewage from other vessels.

Zhongyi 001 is being operated by Hubei Three Gorges Zhongyi New Energy. Construction took place at Damen Yichang Shipyard.

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Zhongyi 001
Type of vessel: Bunkering barge
Classification: China Classification Society
Flag: China
Owner: Hubei Three Gorges Zhongyi New Energy, China
Builder: Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
Length overall: 90 metres
Beam: 16 metres
Draught: 1.2 metres
Depth: 3.0 metres
Capacity: 500 cubic metres
Operational area: Hubei, China

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