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    Damen Yichang Shipyard Starts Work on Elenger's LNG Bunker Vessel


Sea trials are expected to start in the spring of 2020.

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Damen Yichang Shipyard Starts Work on Elenger's LNG Bunker Vessel

Damen Yichang Shipyard in China held the keel-laying ceremony for the LNG bunker vessel for Estonia's Elenger, formerly known as Eesti Gaas, Damen said May 28.

“With a 6,000 m³ capacity, the new vessel will play a vital role facilitating the adoption of LNG by providing an efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for all kinds of LNG vessels in the Baltic region,” it said.

Following sea trials in the spring of 2020, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn, carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports. Elenger currently uses road tankers to refuel Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry, which operates between Tallinn and Helsinki.

Damen sales manager Peter Anssems said that the newbuilding project is an excellent example of the cooperation between China and Europe and underlines the capabilities that Damen Yichang Shipyard has to offer as a builder of vessels both for its domestic and export markets.

Damen Yichang Shipyard was awarded the contract in October last year and held the steel-cutting ceremony in March this year. 

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