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New arctic tanker designed with LNG dual-fuel option

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As a join venture, Deltamarin Ltd and Aker Arctic Technology Inc. have developed an Aframax-sized tanker for arctic use. The tanker is Polar Class 5 and is able to continuously break ice thicker than 1 m. The vessel can operate in the Baltic Sea or off of the coast of Sakhalin in the winter, and on the Northern Sea Route in the extended summer months.

Markku Miinala, the Director of Ship Design of Deltamarin, and Riku Kiili, the Project Manager of Aker Arctic, explained: “The design integrates optimised ice breaking and open water performance as well as the latest energy efficiency features applied together with the Polar Code requirements. This unique combination results in an affordable building and improved transport economy by cost efficient operation. The design can be fine-tuned according to the customer’s wishes.”

Whilst the vessel is equipped with two CP-propellers and shaft lines alongside slow speed diesel engines, it also has the option of being fitted with LNG dual-fuel engines.

Edited from various sources by David Rowlands

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