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.