Milestone Chinese vessel sets sail with K-Gauge onboard.
Dapeng Sun, the first LNG carrier built in China was delivered to its owner
in Shanghai in April, with K-Gauge Custody
Transfer System onboard.
Dapeng Sun, the first LNG carrier to be built in China was delivered to its owner
in Shanghai at the beginning of April 2008, with Kongsberg Maritime's K-Gauge Custody
Transfer System (CTS) onboard. The vessel, which has a capacity of 147,000 cubic
meters or 70,000 tons, will partly replace foreign flagged vessels currently sailing
from Australia to Guangdong Province's Dapeng, China's first LNG receiving terminal.
The delivery of Dapeng Sun represents a major milestone in China's shipbuilding
history. An LNG vessel requires the highest level of shipbuilding technology since
LNG is such a difficult cargo to handle. Until now, very few shipyards, in Japan,
the Republic of Korea and some European nations have been capable of building these
special-purpose tankers. Dapeng Sun's builders, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group)
Co, are now able to produce LNG tankers on a large scale with four more already
on the way, putting China firmly on the LNG carrier map.
Technically advanced vessel
"Dapeng Sun is a technically advanced vessel, with the capacity to carry LNG
equivalent to one month's use for Shanghai residents," comments Kongsberg Maritime's
Project Manager in Shanghai, Siri Frøseth. "Co-operation between Kongsberg Maritime
in Norway and in Shanghai has ensured that the design and installation of the first
CTS in China was a successful operation, which is reflected in the positive feedback
we received from the shipyard."
Custody transfer system
Installation of the sophisticated K-Gauge CTS commenced in May 2007 and was completed
in October 2007 with the final Site Acceptance Test taking place in February 2008.
The reliability and accuracy of the CTS is critical to both safety and the efficient
trade of LNG around the world. K-Gauge automatically logs LNG tank levels, temperatures
and pressure measurements, and calculates the tank volume during the loading-/unloading
Loading & unloading reports
The system also generates a CTS loading-/unloading report; the official document
used for purchasing the gas transported. The unique new K-Gauge flexible report
system makes it easy to adapt the system for the changing requirements on the LNG
spot market and/or changes in fixed long term Sale and Purchase Agreements, by making
it possible to change both the report layout format and the CTS parameters.