Singapore-based petroleum logistics solutions provider AET has named and welcomed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled Aframax vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu at a ceremony this week at a Samsung Heavy Industry Co Ltd (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.
The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels (via ship-to-ship transfer), and will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.
LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic metres each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.
“We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda,” said Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO, AET.
“This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence.
“This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us.
“Under the careful management of our shipmanagement division, Eaglestar, we look forward to ensuring our effort benefits the industry. I would also like to thank the Shell Group, for working with us in this pioneering effort.”
Photo credit: AET
Published: 12 October, 2018
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