Dalian cuts steel for MSC’s LNG-powered 16,000 TEU boxship

Dalian Shipbuilding (DSIC), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has kicked off construction of another LNG-powered 16,000 TEU containership for Swiss shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Courtesy of CSSC

The construction of the ship began on 15 May with the steel-cutting ceremony at DSIC’s Tianjin Base.

The ship has a total length of about 366 metres, a molded width of 51 metres and a molded depth of 30.2 metres. It can carry 16,196 standard containers.

According to the shipbuilder, the vessel’s main engine is equipped with iCER-diesel green energy-saving system and the auxiliary generator is equipped with a low-pressure SCR system, which meets Tier III nitrogen oxide emission requirements.

The ship’s main engine, auxiliary generator set, and auxiliary boiler are all equipped with a dual-fuel supply system, which can burn low-sulfur fuel oil and LNG gas fuel to meet the emission requirements of sulfur oxides. The B-type LNG fuel tank is independently designed and built by Dalian Shipbuilding, with independent intellectual property rights.

At the same time, the ship comes with various energy-saving equipment such as an air lubrication drag reduction system, a shaft generator, and an energy-saving guide wheel in front of the propeller.

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