September 29 2022
The ship will carry energy resources between the Middle and Far East
Shanghai shipping company China Merchants Energy Shipping Co. Ltd. (CMES, part of the CMG Group) has taken delivery of the New Aden, the first environmentally friendly VLCC oil tanker. The special feature of the supertanker is that it is the first vessel of its type to use four rigid sails as an auxiliary propulsion system along with other technological solutions that ensure fuel economy during operation, the industry portal Maritime Executive reported.
The New Aden tanker is the 100th oil tanker built by China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC). It was named after the first ship of the fleet launched 150 years ago.
The new VLCC tanker has a length of 332.8 m and a deadweight of 300,000 tons. It is equipped with a system of four rigid sails, which are made of carbon fiber developed by Guangwei Composite Materials. Each sail has a height of about 39.6 m and a surface area of almost 13 thousand sq. ft. The sails are raised and turned by a fully automatic system.
According to the DSIC shipbuilding company and its parent CSSC company, the ship was designed to transport energy resources between the Middle and Far East. According to the creators of the vessel, its operation will provide annual fuel savings of 9.8% and emission reductions of over 2.9 thousand tons of carbon. The vessel is also equipped with the latest technology to reduce sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions in accordance with EEDI and EEXI standards.
In 2018, the DSIC shipyard installed two rigid sails on a VLCC tanker that was also under construction for China Merchants.
The shipbuilding company DSIC, which has been cooperating with CMES since 2007, has already built more than 30 large-capacity vessels with a total deadweight of almost 9 million tons for the Shanghai shipping company.
September 27 2022
China intends to improve the level of technology for operations in ice conditions
St. Petersburg State Maritime Technical University (SPbGMTU) and Harbin Engineering University (HEU) solemnly held an online opening ceremony of the Russian-Chinese laboratory of polar technologies and equipment and the first meeting of the laboratory’s academic council. The Academic Council consists of leading experts from SPbGMTU, HEU and specialized organizations in Russia and China, the press service of the Russian university reports.
An agreement to establish a joint laboratory under the Belt and Road Initiative was signed between the universities in 2019. The project was supported by the governments of Russia and China and included in the action plan within the framework of the years of Russian-Chinese scientific, technical and innovation cooperation.
The co-heads of the laboratory, Vice-President of HEU Han Duanfeng and Director of the International Cooperation Department of SPbGMTU Professor Kirill Rozhdestvensky spoke about the results and promising areas of cooperation. Members of the academic council took part in the discussion. For example, Wu Gang, an employee of Research Institute No. 708 Maric, one of the designers of the Chinese Snow Dragon icebreaker, said that he was designing equipment and machinery for the Arctic. “My supervisor studied at LSI (Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute). We have a good understanding of Russian-made icebreakers. We want to improve the level of our technology, we need new methods and concepts for the operation of ice ships,” Wu Gang said.
Professor of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) Alexander Bekker emphasized that the work of the laboratory will enhance the opportunities of universities in the study of the Arctic. Kirill Sazonov, head of the laboratory of the Krylov State Research Center (KSRC), singled out for research the problem of the movement of large-capacity vessels in ice conditions, the need to calculate the characteristics of ice formations and study the properties of ice.
Professor Vladimir Tryaskin spoke about the important task of designing icebreaker structures according to new requirements for ice loads, and creating special software. Professor Vadim Goncharov spoke about research in the field of Arctic ecology and about the importance of involving students in work.