China is building the world’s largest LNG dual-fuel car carrier

Chinese design will be the largest dual-fuel car carrier ever built (CSSC)

Published 01/19/2022 20:21 by

The Maritime Executive

The China State Shipbuilding Corporation was awarded a contract to build two of the world’s largest dual-fuel auto carriers. Designed and developed by the Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute, they report that the ships will be versatile and will incorporate new technologies and designs to maximize efficiency and meet future environmental concerns.

The two ships, each with 131,000 dwt, are being built at Jiangnan Shipbuilding for Anji Logistics, a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC Group. Each of the ships, which will have a capacity of 7,600 cars, will be 656 feet long and 125 feet wide.

According to the shipyard, they are the largest dual-fuel car transporters built to date. The propulsion uses low-speed dual-fuel engines with fixed-pitch propellers. The ships will use LNG as their primary fuel, but they have also envisaged traditional MGO and low-sulphur HFO to allow for fuel flexibility in the design. They report that the ships will meet the requirements for the 2025 Ship Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase III and will have significantly lower CO2 emissions than other ships of this type. They are also equipped with WinGD’s ICER technology to further improve fuel efficiency and reduce methane slip.

Operational efficiency is also achieved through the single screw, single rudder, and stern loading design. It is designed for an operating speed of 19 knots while maintaining low fuel consumption. Each vessel will have a 4,000 cubic meter Type-C LNG tank, which CSSC says can meet the needs of 19,000 nautical miles of economical speed sailing.

Additional design benefits are expected to make the vessels suitable for a variety of current and future vehicle designs, including battery, hybrid, fuel cell, and alternative fuel electric vehicles. The ships will have 13 vehicle decks and four moveable decks in a continuous design. Loading and unloading efficiency is achieved through the use of long, straight ramps.

Höegh Autoliner’s massive Autoliner series, launched in 2015 and 2016, remains the largest vehicle transporter overall. Each ship has a capacity of 8,500 vehicles.

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