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Frontline acquires six multi-fuel ready, scrubbed equipped VLCC newbuilding contracts

21 May 2021

Bermuda-based oil tanker shipping company Frontline Ltd on Tuesday (18 May) said it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition through resale of six latest generation ECO-type VLCC newbuilding contracts.

The six VLCCs are currently under construction at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea and are being acquired for an aggregate purchase price of $565.8 million, including an estimated $25.7 million in additions and upgrades to the standard specifications.

The vessels are designed to operate on different fuels, including Biofuel, and have the potential to be converted or retrofitted to consume other types of bunker fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or Ammonia and consequently there is an ability to cut CO2 emissions to zero when technology, logistics and the regulatory framework allows for it.

The newbuildings will also be fitted with Exhaust Gas Scrubber technology, high-end Anti Fouling systems, equipped with Digital Energy Performance solutions as well as compliant with specific Exxon Mobile lightering requirements to allow for maximum trading flexibility.

The delivery schedule is very attractive with five vessels delivering during 2022 starting in Q1 and the last vessel in Q1 2023.

“This transaction is consistent with our core company goals to increase exposure to the VLCC market without adding to existing vessel supply,” said Lars H. Barstad, Interim CEO of Frontline Management AS.

“It further cements Frontline’s position in respect of owning a modern, high quality, fuel efficient fleet.

“The delivery schedule for these vessels is particularly attractive, in a timing window regarded closed for new orders. With this acquisition Frontline is tangibly moving on our journey towards lower carbon emissions.”

 

Photo credit: Frontline
Published: 21 May, 2021

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