Shenzhen Energy Group has signed shipbuilding contracts with Chongqing Chuandong Shipbuilding Industry for the construction of sixteen 1,000dwt LNG-powered multi-purpose containerships.
The vessels will be deployed on Wu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, and operated by Shenzhen Energy Transportation. Shenzhen Energy will also develop LNG bunkering stations along the Wu River to support its shipping activities.
According to Shenzhen Energy, it plans to develop a shipping route connecting Guiyang, Chongqing and Shanghai. The company also revealed future plans to develop a fleet of 70 LNG-powered multi-purpose containerships for operations on Wu River.
There haven’t been any cargo shipping activities on Wu River for the past decade due to inadequate navigation conditions, however the river will open for shipping again before the end of this year after a shipping channel conversion project is completed.