GSI’s first methanol dual-fuel tanker project wraps up

On January 12, CSSC Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) delivered the 50,000 dwt methanol dual-fuel tanker “STENA PROGRESSIVE” to PROMAN STENA. This is the last unit of China’s first methanol dual-fuel tanker project built by GSI, and the delivery of this tanker marks the successful conclusion of this project.

STENA PROGRESSIVE is a methanol dual-fuel MR tanker independently developed and designed by GSI. With an overall length of 186 meters, a beam of 32.2 meters, a depth of 18.35 meters, and a design draught of 11.5 meters, it is a world-leading green ship that is environmentally friendly, energy-saving, highly efficient, and economical, and the first new environmentally friendly ship built domestically that adopts the power of methanol/fuel oil dual-fuel.

This series of tankers are equipped with the world’s leading methanol dual-fuel drive system, which can be driven by four fuel modes: fuel oil, fuel oil hydrate, methanol, and methanol hydrate, and is able to reduce exhaust gas pollution by controlling the fuel status. It is also configured with energy-saving devices such as front-guided wheels and eliminating vortex fins, which can effectively improve the propulsion efficiency, reduce the energy consumption, and cut down the cost of vessel operation.

During the construction process of this series of tankers, GSI has developed a series of world-leading energy-saving, emission reduction and green environmental protection technologies, which guarantees the completion of this series of ships with high quality.

As previously reported, on June 20, 2022, the first tanker of the series was delivered, which was the first methanol dual-fuel tanker built in China. The delivery marked a solid step forward in the development of methanol dual-fuel tankers by GSI.

On July 4, 2022, the 2nd tanker of this series was delivered, marking that GSI has proficiently mastered the construction technology of methanol dual-fuel-powered ships and formed the capability of continuous batch construction.

On December 15, 2022, the 4th tanker of the series was delivered. It saved five hours in speed test compared to the 3rd one, realizing a major improvement in speed measurement efficiency.

On November 23, 2023, the 5th tanker of this series was delivered. During the construction, GSI overcame technical difficulties such as the total grouping of the platform line circular section and the special coating of the cargo oil tank Marineline paint, realizing the improvement of the construction quality and the breakthrough of the construction efficiency.

Based on the experience of this type of tanker, the number of dual-fuel ships that have been constructed by GSI now covers a wide range of ship types such as tankers, passenger ro-ro vessels, container ships and PCTCs, and the number has reached 66. After completion of this project, GSI will continue to build 10 more methanol dual-fuel tankers.

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