Shanghai’s Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a multifunctional gas carrier named Wison-LNG-Distributor (LNGD). With scalable capacity between 5,000 to 20,000 cu m, the Wison-LNGD integrates the functions of LNG loading, bunkering and container delivery, which it says could make regional LNG redistribution more affordable and efficient.
“While conventional LNG carriers are designed to load, transfer and unload full cargoes between two terminal points, Wison’s LNG Distributor has been purposely designed to distribute partial loads to coastal areas in regions such as Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Northern Europe,” the company explained in a release.
Being designed to operate at a shallow draft of 4.5 m, the LNGD can deliver cargoes in areas where LNG carriers with similar capacity cannot access.
The vessel features a bunkering arm, which connects to the receiving unit’s manifold, thereby eliminating the need for a hose transfer system at each receiving point. 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.
Uniquely, the vessel 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.