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Largest LNG-fueled vessel launched

The world’s largest liquefied natural gas-powered container ship began loading in China’s Yangshan Port yesterday.

After loading nearly 1,900 containers, the domestically built tanker will sail to South Korea today.

The ship, the “CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE,” is one of the nine 23,000-TEU tankers made by Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co and the Jiangnan Shipyard Co since 2017.

The 399.9-meter-long and 61.3-meter-wide ship has a 24,000-square-meter deck. It can take 220,000 tons of freight at lower costs than other ships. It’s capacity of 18,600 cubic meters of LNG can fuel it for more than two months.

LNG is a green energy, which can cut a large amount of emissions of carbon, sulfur and particulates. The ship can also be powered by oil. Because of the intelligent system, only 26 crew are needed.

Other vessels of the same scale need over 30.

Twenty-seven foreign sailors, including from France, Poland and Ukraine have arrived in Shanghai since March to crew the vessel. All have been cleared after being quarantined for the coronavirus.


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