Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has secured a contract to deliver environmentally sustainable solutions for China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel.

The Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) is constructing the vessel for an affiliate of the ENN Energy.

The ship has been designed by China Ship Design & Research Center.

Wärtsilä Marine Middle East and Asia area sales director Scott Oh said: “Being the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies makes this an important and exciting project.

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“Our ability as a single-source supplier to offer the full and integrated package of solutions brings real value to both the owners and the yard.”

Under the contract, Wärtsilä will supply the vessel’s cargo handling system, the Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, the gearbox and controlled pitch propeller (CPP).

Additionally, the company will deliver a shaft generator, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and the ship’s sewage treatment plant.

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The equipment is expected to be delivered early next year.

DSIC marketing director Richard Hu said: “This project is China’s first LNG bunkering vessel with a C type tank and is another milestone for DSIC in the gas carrier market. It follows the successful delivery of a VLEC with a capacity of 85,000cbm, the world’s largest C type tank.”

“Being the first vessel of its kind built and owned by Chinese companies makes this an important and exciting project.”

Scheduled to be commissioned next year, the vessel will deliver bunkering supply operations, as well as help in gas testing services for LNG carriers and other LNG fuelled vessels.

Recently, Wärtsilä secured the first order for its newly launched auto-docking system SmartDock that automates procedures and lowers chances of human error.

Last month, the company launched Wärtsilä HY for Dredger, which is aimed at improving the efficiency and sustainability of dredging operations.