Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) plan to install a ballast water treatment system on an in-service very large crude oil carrier (VLCC). This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation. The installation will take place while the vessel is docked from March through April. Ballast water discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms around the world and can have a negative impact on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. This has become a subject of global concern since the late 1980s. Accordingly, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the Ballast Water Management Convention in February 2004, and its ratification is under way. Ship details: Type of vessel: Very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Ship registry/class: Marshall Islands/Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) Deadweight tons: About 300,000 tons Length: 333m Breadth: 60m The treatment capacity of the BWTS is 3,500m³/h x 2 units (explosion-proof), and the treatment method is of filters with chemical injection.
According to a January 3 report from Gulf News, Gulf Navigation Holding confirmed its acquisition of a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The vessel, built in 2006 and with a 300,000 deadweight tonne capacity, can carry up to two million barrels of oil.The Gulf Eyadah will join the operator's other VLCC, Gulf Sheba, which was delivered in late 2007. (Source: Gulf News)
Piraeus-based Hellespont Shipping Corp. has contracted Samsung Heavy Industries for the first two vessels in a new class of VLCC's. The contract also calls for the option to build two optional ships - with delivery beginning in the last quarter 2001. With a lightweight of 46,500-tons, the vessels will form a new standard for large tanker strength and speed - while equipped with various features. The ABS and LR-approved structures and scantlings will be 10 percent in excess of both rules.
Taiwan's state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) has bought two very large crude carriers (VLCC) of West African crudes via its September tender, a company official said on Thursday. The volumes were below CPC's usual purchase of three to four VLCCs per month. Each VLCC can load up to two million barrels each. "We have high inventories and not so much requirement," the CPC official said. The details of the tender, which closed on Monday, were still unclear.
Eastbound VLCC freight that nearly topped W200 in November is now firmly mired beneath W100. "The market's really lost its way, but much of that is just down to sentiment," said one London tanker broker. Wednesday's fixture lists showed a number of deals hovering around the W100 mark, and even the very modern New Circassia accepted W101 from Stasco for an eastbound trip. Friday's fixture list however, showed the slightly older Musashi Spirit had been fixed at W90 to Japan
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) recently acquired the 299,700 dwt double hull VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle, built in Denmark in 1994, from the AP Moller / Maersk Group. Initially, this vessel will participate in the current strong spot market while the Company considers opportunities for longer-term employment. TEN will assume ownership of the vessel during the later part of January 2004. "We are very excited about this latest addition to our fleet of young and environmentally friendly
Since the birth of the very first large crude carrier (VLCC) - the 206,000-dwt Idemitsu Maru in 1966, the stage was on the verge of being set for another 1,000 large tankers of VLCC size and above that would be built over the next 30 years. VLCCs are tankers ranging in size from 200,000-320,000-dwt, with a smaller sized version less than 275,000-dwt - equivalent to about two million barrels, which is a common cargo consignment size. The largest VLCCs are 275,000-dwt and above.
MISC Bhd has bought four Aframax tankers from Japan's Tsuneishi Corp for $260m. The first unit of the 107,500-deadweight tonnage (DWT) tankers will be delivered in 2009, while the rest in 2010, MISC said in a statement. It added that the continuous expansion of MISC's petroleum fleet under American Eagle Tankers (AET), supported by regional offices in London, Singapore and Houston will provide it with the critical mass to better serve its customers globally.
Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. accepted delivery of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), SAMAIL, from Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, in Kawasaki city inJapan, becoming the 29th vessel to be operated by the company. The 300,000-dwt Panamanian flagged vessel SAMAIL measures 330 x 60 m with a draft of around 22 m. She will be the first VLCC to be technically managed "in house" by OSC’s subsidiary by Oman Ship Management Company S.A.O.C. in Muscat.
Wärtsilä has received its 1000th order for the 2-stroke, electronically controlled, common-rail low-speed diesel engine. The 1000th order will power an efficient Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tanker being built for JX Tanker Company Limited, the Yokohama, Japan based major tanker company. The 310.000 DWT vessel is being built at the IHI Marine United Inc., Kure shipyard, and is scheduled for delivery in 2014. The engine will be manufactured by Diesel United, Ltd
China reached this milestone in December 2012, as its net petroleum imports surpassed those of the U.S. In a recent press release NYC-based PIRA Energy Group reports that weak reported oil demand in the U.S. reduced the commercial stock draw
Deeper draft VLCC’s can now be berthed, and facilities for handling and storing crude oil in the Port of Rotterdam are also being further expanded. At Shell Europoort, the jetty has been adapted to handle ships with an even deeper draught.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced completion of work to install a ballast water treatment system on the very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Libra Trader at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. On January 10, the company announced plans to install the system on a VLCC ahead of IMO installation compulsion
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings (PPG) has launched Sigma Syladvance 700, a high performance antifouling designed specifically for ships working at medium to high rates of operation and medium speeds. Based on the Sigma Syladvance 800 premium antifouling product
A state-of-the-art new training centre outfitted with the latest KONGSBERG Offshore Vessel Simulator opened by Ukrainian crewing company Lerus Ltd. Established to meet growing training demand in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and other European countries
The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 'Takamatsu Maru' has arrived at the Kawasaki refinery of TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. The 158,000 dwt tankship was chartered by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. from NYK Lines, after the company purchased virtually all of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Japan business
There has been activity in the VLCC, Product Tanker, Container Ship, LNG Carrier, and Car Carrier newbuild markets. Orders as reported by Clarkson Hellas are summarised as follows: China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) are reported to have ordered three plus three 320
Belgium's Euronav reported a net loss of US$ 31-million in its Q4 2012 financial report. The result of the fourth quarter is affected positively by the revaluation at marked-to-market levels of non cash items (unrealized) such as hedge instruments on interest rates for a total of US$ 600,000.
Mitsui OSK Lines' financial statement for Q3, December 31, 2012, underlines a stagnant shipping market. Excerpts from the statement follow: Looking at the maritime shipping market conditions, in the dry bulker market, conditions for all vessel types continued to stagnate because the number
7G80ME-C9.2 passes shop test successfully; new VLCC trend continues on course. HHI-EMD, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industries, has reported that the world’s first MAN B&W 7G80ME-C9.2 passed its official shop test on 16 January 2013 in Korea.
Mercator Lines (Singapore) agrees to sell its 279,022 dwt VLOC 'Sri Prem Putli'. The vessel was built in 1993 and converted from Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) to Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) in 2009. The Vessel is expected to be delivered to its buyers in March 2013
Leading classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted AIP (Approval in Principle) to the MIBS (Minimal Ballast Water Ship) VLCC design developed by Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in cooperation with the Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan.
Keppel Shipyard undertakes Singapore’s first Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit project for a VLCC. MOL Tankship Management (Asia) Pte Ltd (MOL) has awarded Keppel Shipyard with a landmark Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit project
The very large crude carriers (VLCC's) will load at Ras Tanura terminal for deliveries to a US Gulf Coast port next month. The very large crude carriers will each load 280,000 metric tons of oil at Saudi's Ras Tanura terminal between April 3 and April 9 for the voyage via the Cape of Good Hope to
AET takes delivery of a second 'eco-design' VLCC that is fully compliant with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. Named Eagle Varna, this 320,000dwt vessel is fitted with a range of innovative technology that significantly reduces its fuel consumption and associated emissions