One of the most advanced and energy efficient VLCCs ever built in China is now operational following (watch the film here) extensive surveys by China Classification Society (CCS)(watch the film here).
The 307,000 DWT ‘CS Hunan Venture’ was successfully delivered by its builders the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group (DSIC) in a naming ceremony held in Dalian. The vessel is owned by China Shipbuilding Consulting Company and operated by Wah Kwong Ship Management Hong Kong.
Fan Qiang, Vice President of CCS attended the ceremony and said the CS Hunan Venture’s innovative design means its Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is more than 20pc below the baseline, which is one of the best in the world for VLCCs of the same size. The vessel’s comprehensive performance indices reached world first class during surveying.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The CS Hunan Venture has a total length of 333 m, a width of 60 m and a cruising range of more than 26,000 nautical miles. It can pass through the Strait of Malacca with a designed draft of 20.5 m and a normal loading rate of two million barrels of crude oil.
CCS President Mo Jianhui said another major VLCC related project CCS is working on with DSIC is an order for an LNG dual-fuel VLCC, which, will be the first LNG dual-fuel VLCC in the world and will be delivered around the end of 2021.
“CCS continues to ramp up its scientific research and innovation capabilities and is jointly developing many VLCC ship types with major Chinese shipyards,” he said. “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 (see notes to editors).
Notes to editors:
1) CCS VLCC background
Oil tankers classified by CCS cover all types of ships, including VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax, Panamax as well as LR1, LR2 and MR product oil tankers, shuttle oil tankers, and integral or independent type petroleum asphalt carriers. CCS also provides customers with a series of technical services, involving CSR ship type upgrade, anti-sediment design, emission control solutions, ship intelligence, vibration and noise assessment, shafting vibration and alignment, and ship energy efficiency optimisation.
In 2015, in order to support the development of intelligent ships, CCS issued the Rules for Intelligent Ships, which was the first of its type and have been fully recognized and widely used by the industry. In the field of VLCC, in 2019, the world’s first intelligent 308,000 DWT VLCC “New Journey” was successfully delivered for operation in Dalian. The CCS classed ship and was assigned with the notation: i-Ship (N, M, Et, C, I) for intelligent ships by CCS.
In 2018, the 308,000 DWT “New Vitality”, the world’s first VLCC equipped with rigid wing-sail was delivered for operation, thus achieving the engineering application of sailing devices on a VLCC. CCS had taken an important role in the Joint Industry Programme, and published the Guidelines for Appraising and Survey of Rigid Wing-Sail on Board Ships, which indicate that CCS has fully possessed the verification ability of wind-assisted propulsion application technology.
Founded in 1956, China Classification Society (CCS) is headquartered in Beijing and is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
- CCS is the world’s fastest growing classification society.
- Its serviced fleet numbers more than 32,000 vessels exceeding 155.12 million GT.
- Its ship survey business covers large ore carriers, high value-added ships including container ships and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and green and intelligent ships. CCS also provides classification services to a vast range of offshore installations and related industrial products.
- CCS has a worldwide network of 120 sites including new office openings in Abu Dhabi, Manila and St. Petersburg.
- CCS’ 33,000-plus clients are spread over 166 countries and regions. It holds 55 authorisations by shipping nations or regions in the world including China to perform statutory surveys for the ships flying their flags.
CCS provides classification services to ships, offshore installations and related industrial products by furnishing world-leading technical rules and standards. CCS also provides statutory surveys, impartial and integral classification, verification, certification and accreditation and other services in accordance with international conventions, regulations and the related rules and regulations of the authorizing flag states or regions.
By committing to the mission of “safety, environmental protection and creating value for clients and society”, CCS provides services for a range of industry and fields including shipping, shipbuilding, shipping finance and insurance, marine equipment, ocean resources exploitation, ocean scientific research, industrial supervision, system certification, government policy and rule development, energy-saving and emission reduction, risk management and evaluation, and is constantly developing new business areas.
CCS provides 7×24-hour inspection and technical support services for shipowners relying on its global offices. With the efficient service architecture, CCS continuously provides all-round support for survey activities, ship safety and security, and emergency response. Excellent performance has been achieved continuously in the three major Memos, and its fleet size is growing healthily and steadily.