Tsuneishi Delivers First LRI Tanker

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 8, 2019

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co, ship repair and manufacturing company in Japan, has delivered its first long-range-one (LRI) (77,000 DWT) Product/Chemical Tanker.

"This first ship was constructed at Tsuineishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, Inc., the Group’s shipbuilding site in China," said a press statement.

The new LRI Product/Chemical Tanker was built to address the rising global demand for petroleum and chemical products.

It fulfills the requirements of MR Product/Chemical Tankers that are used mainly to transport such products, but features a significantly increased load capacity.

The key feature of this LRI Product/Chemical Tanker is that, as a hybrid-type vessel, it fulfills the requirements for transporting not only petroleum products and crude oil, but also vegetable oil and certain chemical products (IMO TYPE II and III).

The cargo tank is designed without structural elements and has been given a special coating, thereby making it easy to wash and giving it flexibility in loading cargo. Moreover, despite being a 77,000 DWT-sized ship, it has the depth and draft to enter the ports often used by MR tankers (40,000 – 54,999 DWT) and the capacity to carry approximately twice as much cargo lot as a MR tanker can carry.

This LRI Product/Chemical Tanker is a next-generational ship that not only complies with the latest international rules, such as the Harmonized CSR (Common Structural Rules) and the NOx Tier III emission standards, but also provides high fuel efficiency through its optimized hull design and use of the unique energy-saving techniques.

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