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China Merchants Group orders VLCCs featuring air lubrication and sail assistance tech

20 May 2020

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

China Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Ltd on Monday (18 May) said Hong Kong-based China Merchants Group have placed an order for two 307,000 dwt VLCCs newbuildings.

The transaction was made official in a virtual signing ceremony between the three parties.

The two vessels in this order are in addition to the four VLCC’s ordered by China Merchants Group last year.

VLCC Hull No. 99 is to be equipped with an air lubricated hull and VLCC Hull No. 100 will have a newly-developed auxiliary sail assistance system.

Dalian Shipbuilding and China Merchants Group have teamed up to build the world’s first VLCC powered by sail assistance and they hope to be the world’s first VLCC to pass China Classification Society’s sulphur-free requirements. 

To date, Dalian Shipbuilding has received 30 orders for large vessels from China Merchants Group including two 110,000 dwt product oil tankers, five 180,000 dwt bulk carriers, and twenty three 300,000 dwt ultra-large crude oil ships.

26 of these ships have been successfully delivered and four are currently under construction.

Photo credit: China Shipbuilding Corporation
Published: 20 May, 2020

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