Wison Offshore & Marine developed a multi-functional carrier named Wison-LNG-Distributor (LNGD) with a scalable capacity between 5000 to 20,000 cubic meters.
The Wison-LNGD integrates the functions of LNG loading, bunkering and container delivery, which could make regional LNG redistribution more affordable and efficient, Wison said in its statement on Monday.
While conventional LNG carriers are designed to load, transfer and unload full cargoes between two terminal points, Wison’s vessel has been designed to distribute partial loads to coastal areas in regions such as Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Northern Europe. Being designed to operate at a shallow draft of 4.5m, the LNGD can deliver cargoes in areas where LNG carriers with similar capacity cannot access.
The azimuth thruster propulsion system eliminates the need for tug assistance, Wison said.
The vessel features a bunkering arm, which facilitates a quick connection with the receiving facility and a short turn-around time.
In addition, the vessel has been designed with a large open deck, serviced by a crane. This area can be used to deliver general supplies and parts. It also has the ability to deliver full and pick up empty ISO containers for inland trucking. Empty containers can be filled onboard through a refill station.
Speaking of the newly designed vessel Cui Ying, CEO of Wison Offshore and Marine said, the “LNGD solution will become a key enabler for small-scale FSRU and FSRP development in the areas that are either inaccessible or too small to be commercially feasible served by a large-scale floating unit or land facility.”
He added that the vessel is a viable LNG distribution solution for near-shore LNG ‘milk-run’ deliveries in some locations that have restricted access such as shallow rivers and harbors.
The company is also developing products across the LNG value chain, as a response to various demand scenarios and clearing roadblocks for LNG distribution to end markets that remain untapped, Cui said.