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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

One of the most advanced and energy efficient VLCCs ever built in China is now operational following extensive surveys by China Classification Society (CCS).

The 307,000 dwt CS Hunan Venture has successfully been delivered by its builders Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group (DSIC). The vessel is owned by China Shipbuilding Consulting Company and operated by Wah Kwong Ship Management Hong Kong.

Fan Qiang, VP CCS said: “The ship has excellent energy-saving and environmental protection performance because it has a straight bow design profile and is equipped with a new type of main engine a 7G80ME-C9.5 made by Dalian Marine Diesel. It further has a propeller of large-diameter and high-efficiency, and a before-propeller energy-saving device which DSIC has an independent intellectual property right for. This is a new highly competitive ground-breaking generation of ship design for the new build market.”

CCS said the CS Hunan Venture’s innovative design means its Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is more than 20% below the baseline, making it one of the best for VLCCs of the same size. The vessel meets the Harmonised Common Structural Rules (HCSR) and complies with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials according to both IMO Ship Recycling Convention and EU regulations.

The CS Hunan Venture has a total length of 333m, a width of 60m and a cruising range of more than 26,000 naut miles. It can pass through the Strait of Malacca with a designed draught of 20.5m.

CCS is working on another major VLCC related project with DSIC, namely an LNG dual-fuel VLCC, believed to be the first LNG-fuelled dual-fuel VLCC, and which will be delivered around the end of 2021.

CCS President Mo Jianhui said: “CCS continues to ramp up its scientific research and innovation capabilities and is jointly developing many VLCC ship types with major Chinese shipyards. We believe CCS is one of the leading classification societies for international innovation in energy conservation, environmental protection and intelligent shipping. As a result of years of work between CCS and our shipyard partners we are creating a number of ground-breaking independent intellectual property rights based around new advanced technology. In particular, CCS is cooperating with shipyards and manufacturers of LNG bunkering tanks and fuel gas supply systems, undertaking drawing approvals, risk assessments and site surveys.”

CCS now has more than 100 VLCC ships classed in its fleet.

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