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Breakthrough for Very Large Ethane Carriers

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 12, 2014

ECO Star 85k Very Large Ethane Carrier (Image: DNV GL)

ECO Star 85k Very Large Ethane Carrier (Image: DNV GL)

Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering and DNV GL, signed a letter of intent for the classification of five ECO STAR 85k very large ethane carriers. Jean Labescat from Jaccar Holdings, Ulrich Adami, Technical Director of Hartmann Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Frerk Brand, Managing Director of HB Hunte Engineering, and Torsten Schramm, DNV GL Maritime’s COO for Division Germany, Middle East & Asia, signed the agreement at the SMM trade fair.

“It’s a great honor to be given the opportunity to act as the classification society for this new series of ECO STAR 85K vessels. These vessels will be the largest ethane carriers yet constructed, but it is not only the size, but the technical innovations present in this design that will make these ships a real breakthrough for the industry. Such highly specialized vessels require a very strong technical partnership and we are looking forward to working together with Jaccar, Hartmann and HB Hunte to bring this project to a successful conclusion,” said Torsten Schramm.

The five ECO STAR 85K ethane-fuelled VLEC-carriers will have a capacity of 85,000cbm each. The cargo tanks of these five new vessels include another world first – the use of the innovative Star-Tri-Lobe tanks. These consist of three cylinders combined into one. Due to better utilization of the space in the cargo holds, this results in higher efficiency and allows an increase in cargo capacity of nearly 30% over similarly sized vessels with conventional tanks, reducing shipping costs through greater economies of scale.

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