The ship was launched this week. Image Credit: Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering
The shipyard building bunker barges for gas supplier Avenir LNG has launched the first of the vessels, the company said Wednesday.
Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering has launched the 7,500 m3 vessel, it said in a statement on its LinkedIn account.
Avenir LNG is a joint venture formed between gas and chemical carrier Stolt-Nielson, Golar LNG and Höegh LNG Holdings.
The JV is aimed at the small-scale LNG logistics for the power, bunkering, trucking and industrial markets.
Stolt-Nielsen ordered two small-scale LNG ships with ship-to-ship LNG bunkering capabilities in May 2017, and ordered two more in December 2018.
LNG bunkering infrastructure is now developing rapidly, after a slow start a few years ago, and LNG is now available for ship-to-ship bunkering at most major marine fuel hubs.