Clarkson Supports V-Plus Conversions

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Clarkson Technical Services (CTS) provided staff and know-how to the Euronav / OSG joint venture as they converted the FSO Asia and her sister ship FSO Africa from ULCCs to FSOs. They are now two of the largest and most sophisticated double-hulled FSOs in the world.

Euronav / OSG announced their plans to convert the vessels into stationary FSOs back in February 2008, by August 2010 both were fully operational and stationed in the Al Shaheen oilfield near Qatar.

The FSO Africa and FSO Asia are two of four sister ships; All were launched in 2002/2003 and went straight into the record books as the first double-hulled ULCCs. At 441,500 DWT with a cargo capacity of more than 3 million barrels, they were the largest ocean-going ships in the world and even had their own size designation V-Plus.

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