VESSEL REVIEW | Yonggang Lianfang No 1 – Chinese-built heavy duty oil recovery vessel enters service

Photo: Seahead

A new oil spill response vessel has begun operating in the waters in and around the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, one of China’s busiest cargo ports.

Designed by Chinese naval architects Zhejiang Seahead Ship Design and Research Institute (Seahead) and built by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard, Yonggang Lianfang No 1 (“Yonggang Joint Defence No 1”) is an advanced multifunctional oil recovery vessel, suitable for operating in offshore waters and recovering shipping crude oil or petroleum products whose flash point does not exceed 60 degrees Celsius. The vessel is versatile enough to also conduct oil spill response missions in more restrictive port waters.

The vessel has an LOA of 55.1 metres, a moulded beam of 11 metres, a depth of five metres, a draught of 3.2 metres, and a gross tonnage of 925. A main engine with an output of 2,648 kW delivers a speed of 14.2 knots and a range of 1,000 nautical miles. Around 95 per cent of the vessel’s construction utilised locally manufactured components to help reduce operating and maintenance costs.


The oil spill containment equipment includes a side-mounted dynamic inclined surface skimmer and a 400-metre inflatable boom. The vessel is also equipped for debunkering, specially the transfer of oil from damaged ships as part of broader salvage efforts. Its large size guarantees significant carrying capacity, such as during transport of additional equipment for spill containment and recovery to augment the installed equipment on board. An onboard tank can accommodate up to 500 cubic metres of recovered oil while the recovery capacity is rated at 200 cubic metres per hour.

The vessel’s aft deck has a large folding crane and ample space for pollution response equipment supplied by Lamor.

The vessel also has secondary firefighting, search and rescue, command and control, and marine environmental monitoring functions, making it suitable for a range of maritime emergencies in both offshore and coastal waters. The firefighting equipment includes a water monitor mounted on the pilothouse.

Yonggang Lianfang No 1 is being operated by Ningbo Oil Port Barge Company out of the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan. It is the first vessel to be assigned to the Ningbo Port Area Joint Defence Body, a civil defence and emergency response organisation formed by various operating units within the same port.

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Yonggang Lianfang No 1
Type of vessel:Oil recovery vessel
Owner:Ningbo Oil Port Barge Company, China
Designer:Zhejiang Seahead Ship Design and Research Institute, China
Builder:Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard, China
Length overall:55.1 metres
Beam:11 metres
Draught:3.2 metres
Depth:5.0 metres
Gross tonnage:925
Main engine:2,648 kW
Maximum speed:14.2 knots
Range:1,000 nautical miles
Other equipment installed:Lamor
Firefighting equipment:Monitor

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