On December 8, “Forever Assurance”, the 49,700 DWT product oil tanker, built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI) for Nanjing Tanker Corporation, was delivered.
It is 183 meters in length overall, 32 meters in width and 18.3 meters in depth with the design draft of 11 meters. It is an MR oil tanker with cargo worthiness and low-energy consumption.
On December 3, the hospital ship built by Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (XGSIC) for American Mercy Ships started its sea trials.
It is an NGO hospital ship with state-of-the-art technology and it has received great attention from all over the world since its founding. Besides, it is 174.1 meters in length overall, 28.6 meters in width with a design draft of 6.15 meters at the service speed of 12 knots.
The hospital area is a key part of the vessel, including laboratories, clinics, orthopedic clinics and dental clinics. There are accommodation and recreation areas, such as Academy, library, shop, cinema and family suite.
On December 1, the naming and delivery ceremony of “Yuan Nan Hai”, the 150,000DWT crude oil tanker, built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC), was held.
As the second tanker in this series, it is a new generation of competitive vessel independently developed by DSIC and also an energy-saving and environment-friendly Suezmax crude oil ship tailored for COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Co. (COSCO Shipping Energy). Besides, it operates in unrestricted areas with a range of more than 26,000 nautical miles.
It is 274.3 meters in length overall, 48 meters in width with a maximum carrying capacity of 158,00t. And it can load 1079,000 barrels of crude oil through the Suez Canal at the structural draft of 17.15 meters.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has won a KRW282bn ($257m) order to build three VLCCs for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC).
The vessels will be delivered by the first quarter of 2023 with the contract also coming with options for three more VLCCs.
The latest contract win brings DSME’s total orders for the year to $4.6bn, still 44% shy of its 2020 sales target.
ADNOC entered the VLCC sector in October when it acquired two VLCCs from Norwegian owner Hunter Group.
Canada’s Waterfront Shipping Company, a subsidiary of methanol producer and supplier Methanex Corporation, is adding eight new methanol dual-fuel tankers to its fleet.
The eight 49,999DWT vessels have been ordered at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and are scheduled for delivery between 2021 and 2023.
Ordered in partnership with Marinvest, NYK, Meiji Shipping, KSS Line and MOL, the new vessels will add to Waterfront’s existing fleet of 11 methanol-fuelled ships.
“We are proud that approximately 60% of our 30-ship fleet will be powered by lower emission, methanol-fuel technology upon delivery of this latest order,” said Paul Hexter, president of Waterfront Shipping. “Having operated methanol-fuelled vessels for over four years now, we know that methanol is a practical, cost-competitive and safe marine fuel for the commercial shipping industry in the post-IMO 2020 marketplace. We are excited to be expanding our methanol-fuelled fleet with these new vessels that benefit from the latest technological advances to optimize engine efficiency and performance.”
The vessels will feature MAN second-generation B&W ME-LGIM two-stroke dual-fuel engines, which can run on methanol or traditional marine fuels
Thomas Hansen, head of two-stroke promotion & customer support at MAN Energy Solutions, commented: “The ME-LGIM dual-fuel engine operates on methanol, heavy fuel oil (HFO), marine diesel oil (MDO) or marine gas oil (MGO). When operating on methanol, the engine uses HFO, MDO or MGO as a pilot fuel, significantly reducing emissions of NOx , SOx, CO2 and PM. Any operational switch between methanol and other fuels is seamless.”
Waterfront Shipping currently has a fleet of 30 tankers and says this new order is part of the company’s fleet renewal program.
On November 24, “Zhongtai 6”, the 13.5m-wide tuna clipper, built by Mawei Shipbuilding which was successfully delivered to China National Fisheries Corporation and its sister ship “Zhongtai 7” is scheduled to be delivered on November 30.
With 76.73m in length overall, 13.5m in width and 7.7m in depth, this type of vessel can operate in A1, A2 and A3 waters (the central and western of the Pacific ocean) with the gross tonnage of 1800t at the speed of 15.6 knots.
On November 20, the ninth 62000 DWT “COSCO Shipping Glory”, the multi-purpose pulp carrier, built by COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry (Dalian) Co., Ltd. was named and delivered.
With a green license plate, it is 201.8 meters in length overall, 32.26 meters in width and 19.3 meters in depth. Selective catalytic reduction(SCR) technology is adopted for main engine and auxiliary engine, which can neutralize nitrogen oxides during fuel consumption and also meet MARPOL (International Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships), the most stringent emission standards.
Fincantieri-controlled shipbuilder Vard has secured a new contract for the design and construction of eight marine robotic vessels for Houston-based subsea and data company Ocean Infinity.
The vessels have a custom design and technology features allowing onshore remote control, light crewed or uncrewed operations, and will facilitate alternative fuels such as green ammonia.
The series of eight vessels, especially developed to serve as multi-role-vessels, will support Ocean Infinity’s operations worldwide from its control centers and expand the company’s newly launched Armada fleet.
Design and engineering are currently ongoing at Vard Design, and development of onboard control systems at Vard Electro in Ålesund, Norway, while the vessels will be built at Vard’s shipyard Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam and are scheduled for delivery in the period from mid-2022 to end-2023.
The 78m vessels will supplement the current Armada fleet of nine 21m and 36m vessels, which are already in production and expected to operational by early 2021.
A broad range of suppliers and contractors in the Norwegian Maritime Cluster are involved in the project and it creates a considerable positive spin-off effect in the region.
On November 19, the naming and delivery ceremony of “Yuan Lan Wan”, the first 109,900 DWT product oil/crude oil tanker which is built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co., Ltd (GSI) for COSCO SHIPPING Energy Transportation, was held.
It is an Aframax tanker independently designed and developed by GSI. Besides, this giant is 250 meters in length overall, 44 meters in width, 21.5 meters in depth with a design draft of 13.7 meters.
It is also equipped with the first WinG&D6X62 (main engine) in the world, which can sail in different sea areas under Tier II and Tier III regulations. Besides, a propeller energy-saving device can ensure high-speed navigation at lower power and lower oil consumption.
On November 16, the first 1800 TEU containership built by Yangzijiang shipyard Group for Supership Company was safely launched from the slipway of New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
It is classified into NK with 171.95m in length overall, 27.5m in width and 14.5m in depth. Besides, the main engine and auxiliary engine meet Tier II requirements and it adopts an efficient skew rudder, lashing bridge and open-loop scrubber.