A huge vessel capable of transporting 5,000 cubic meters of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was commissioned and delivered for use at the Qinzhou base of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Guangxi Company in late January.

The LPG vessel Zhaoyuan, measured 99.9 meters in length and 16.6 meters in width and a depth of 8 meters, has a design draft of 5.8 meters and a handling capacity of 5,000 cubic meters.

The carrier is a high-tech and high-value-added gas tanker with the largest tonnage ever built in the Beibu Gulf, and it has adopted many cutting-edge technologies.

“The value of the new LPG carrier is two to three times that of carriers of similar tonnage. It means the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Guangxi Company has established a 10,000-ton ship production line,” said Zhang Xinlong, general manager of the Guangxi Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Co. Ltd. affiliated with China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

The Beibu Gulf Port in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has 268 productive berths. The port boasts a total of 52 shipping routes linking ports across the world, including major ASEAN countries, according to the data from the Beibu Gulf Port Group.

“It has achieved a breakthrough in the construction of high-tech and high-value-added ships in the Beibu Gulf. It marks a dramatic change for the Beibu Gulf Port to end its history of ‘borrowing ships from other ports’, and shifts to building its own ships,” said Liang Feng, an official of the industry and information technology bureau of the Qinzhou municipal government.

After delivery, the carrier can sail in unlimited shipping areas throughout the year, and will undertake LPG transport services in both domestic waters as well as serving Southeast Asian countries, Russia and other Belt & Road countries.