Venice-based tanker operator Motia Compagnia
di Navigazione has taken
delivery of two state of the art 35,000 dwt IMO Type II chemical/product
tankers. The vessels, named Alice and Aurora, were built by Korea
Shipbuilding Co and will enter service with the Handytankers pool.
, managing director of Motia, says, "We are proud to
welcome these two new vessels to our fleet. Our $700m newbuilding program
includes nine more product tankers from China
, ranging from 38,000 dwt
up to 74,000 dwt, two panamax bulk carriers from Japan
and three more
aframaxes from China - all due for delivery between 2007 and 2009. At
the end of the newbuilding programme the Zacchello Group will be
controlling about 62 ships including a fleet of 16 long-term time
chartered ships, in addition to 50 per cent of the ten SynerGas gas
The Italian-flag Alice and Aurora will
be managed from Venice by Motia.
The 180 m LOA vessels have six pairs of coated cargo tanks with a total
cargo capacity of 45,000 cu m served by twelve single stage submerged
hydraulic self-stripping centrifugal pumps providing a total discharge
capability of 2,700 cu m/hr with six segregations. The STX MAN B&W
6S50MC-C main engine provides 10,965 BHP at 85% MCR to give a service
speed of 14.6 knots.