Type 620 tanker

Type 620 tanker is a type of naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Republic of China Navy (PLAN).[1] Originally designed as a type that is capable of transport both water and oil, these ships entered service from 1981 onward for both military and civilian, but only the oiler version entered service with PLAN.[1] Type 620 tanker has received NATO reporting name as Shengli class, meaning victory in Chinese.[2] After transferred into reserves, these ships finally begun to retire in the early 2010s.

Name: Shengli
Namesake: Victory
Builder: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding
Completed: 1980s
Acquired: 1980s
Commissioned: 1980s
Maiden voyage: 1981
In service: 1981 onward
Fate: Being retired
Status: In reserve
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,940 long tons (5,020 t)
Length: 101 m (331 ft 4 in)
Beam: 31.8 m (104 ft 4 in)
Draught: 5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
  • 1 × Type 6 ESDZ 43 marine diesel engines, 2,600 hp (1,939 kW)
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Range: 2,400 nmi (4,400 km; 2,800 mi) @ 14 kt
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 756 or Fine Curve radar
  • 1 twin 25 mm (0.98 in) and
  • 1 twin 37 mm (1.5 in) guns

Type 620 tankers in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by three-digit number. The second Chinese character is You (油), meaning oil in Chinese, because these ships are classified as oilers. The first Chinese character denotes which fleet the ship is service with, with East (Dong, 东) for East Sea Fleet, North (Bei, 北) for North Sea Fleet, and South (Nan, 南) for South Sea Fleet. However, the pennant numbers may have changed due to the change of Chinese naval ships naming convention.

 Type   Pennant #   Builder   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
620 Dong-You 620 Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Early 1980s Active East Sea Fleet
620 Dong-You 621 Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Early 1980s Active East Sea Fleet


  1. "Type 620 AOT". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. Wertheim, Eric (2007-01-01). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 9781591149552.
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