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AET names its first LNG dual-fuelled aframax vessels

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Tanker owner and operator AET has announced that it has named its first LNG dual-fuelled aframax vessels Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu.

The vessels were inaugurated at the Samsung Heavy Industry Co. Ltd (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Both ships have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd, and will be used largely for operations in the Atlantic Basin. They will start operating for the company in 4Q18.

Both vessels feature conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engines, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual-fuel capability. LNG fuel is provided through two 850 m3 type-C tanks on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps that provide full redundancy for operation. The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels (via ship-to-ship transfer). The vessels will be capable of trading with LNG fuel for approximately 6000 nautical miles.

Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, said: “AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry. The MISC Group's expertise in the handling of LNG and its use as marine fuel was leveraged upon too. The vessels have excellent environmental credentials, which will be achieved without detriment to the operational and commercial flexibility that these vessels can provide. To my mind, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn't see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions.”

The environmental credentials of these vessels have been further bolstered with a range of eco-efficiency technologies. This includes an optimised hull form with a number of different energy saving devices, including an Asymmetric Rudder Bulb, SAVER Fin and SAVER Stator. AET claims that variable frequency drives (VFD) are applied for main sea water cooling pumps and mass type flow metres are installed to measure the fuel consumption. Overall, the EEDI for these vessels is approximately 28.8% above IMO Phase 0, bordering to phase 3 when operated in LNG mode.

Both vessels have been awarded the ‘Green Passport’ and ‘GFS’ notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.

Mr Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented: “Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET's commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulfur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements. It is a privilege to work with AET, SHI and partners in showcasing the benefits of LNG dual-fuelled solutions for the petroleum shipping segment.”

Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President and CEO, AET, said: “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. 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 ship management 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.”

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