Today (2 October 2013) global petroleum owner-operator, AET, named two VLCC newbuildings at the DSME shipyard in Korea. One vessel (Eagle Verona) will be delivered immediately with the other (Eagle Versailles) following in December
Both 320, 000dwt vessels are built to the latest “eco-design” to ensure they are the greenest VLCCs operating in today’s market.
Innovations include MAN B&W’s latest super-stroke electronically controlled main engine (G-ME engine), together with a higher efficient propeller of larger diameter and lower rpm. Other energy saving enhancements include DSME duct, rudder bulb and propeller boss cap fins. In addition, both vessels are fitted with a ship eco-management system which includes ship performance monitoring, trim optimisation and weather routing.
Together, these innovations will significantly improve fuel consumption and deliver an EEDI which is 16.9% better than the IMO base-line. This puts them firmly into the acceptance zone for Singapore MPAs Green Shipping Programme.
Speaking at the naming ceremony at the DSME shipyard in Okpo, Korea, AET President & CEO, Hor Weng Yew said:
“We are committed to operating a young, technologically advanced and clean fleet of petroleum vessels. Each new ship that joins our fleet will have a significantly lower impact on the natural environment than the vessel it replaces. The delivery today of Eagle Verona and Eagle Versailles cements our obligation to the environment and also meets our customers’ requirements for clean, fuel efficient, modern and exceptionally safe tonnage.”
Eagle Verona will be chartered to one of AET’s major customers as soon as she leaves the yard. Eagle Versailles will join the AET fleet in December.
AET specialises in the global ocean transport of petroleum and operates a fleet of 78 petroleum vessels comprising of VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Panamax, Aframaxes, DP shuttle tankers and clean tankers. AET has a further two vessels on order. The company is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, with commercial centres in Singapore, London, Houston and Gurgaon (India), together with a specialist offshore lightering unit in Galveston, Texas. AET is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian energy logistics group, MISC Berhad.