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AET names Shell-chartered dual-fuel Aframax newbuildings

Fri 12 Oct 2018 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

AET names Shell-chartered dual-fuel Aframax newbuildings
AET’s LNG dual-fuelled Aframax tankers are named Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu

Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are the names given to the Shell-chartered AET Aframax tankers under construction in South Korea. Both vessels are dual-fuel LNG powered.

“AET has worked for many years in close co-operation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are among the very first in the industry. The MISC Group's expertise in handling LNG and its use as marine fuel was leveraged upon too,” said AET chairman, and president/group chief executive of parent company MISC Berhad, Yee Yang Chien.

“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET's commitment to exceeding IMO's 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” said Shell global crude freight trading manager Lars Wogen.

“We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual-fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our Group's Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence,” said AET president and chief executive Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam.

The vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with a two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual-fuel capability.

LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 m3 each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard.

Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation. The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.

Business, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades will be discussed in London at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, Awards & Exhibition, 20-21 November 2018.

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