Korean Shipbuilder Delivers 'Eco-design' Suezmax to AET
Recognising the ever increasing demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vessels, tanker owner/operator, AET, has taken delivery of the first of four “eco-design” Suezmax tankers. These are the first Suezmax vessels to be owned by the company.
Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea, the first 157,000 dwt vessel was delivered and named Eagle San Antonio. The remaining three sister ships will be delivered during the course of this year.
AET has made a significant investment in these new “eco-design” vessels to maximise fuel efficiency and to minimise harmful emissions. Innovations include hull form optimisation and de-rating of the main engine power for low load optimisation. The application of energy saving devices include saver fins, a star propeller and rudder bulb which will substantially reduce the amount of fuel used.
In addition, the vessel has obtained Lloyd’s Register’s “Environmental Protection” notation and a Letter of Compliance for a Green Passport. The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) attained has been verified by Lloyd’s Register that it exceeds IMO’s requirements. As a result, the vessel has also qualified for the “Green Ship Programme” under Maritime Singapore’s Green Initiative.
Going forward, AET’s fleet renewal programme insists that all new vessels joining the fleet will be significantly more fuel-efficient than those they replace.