In what could well be a world first, Almi Tankers of Greece has taken delivery of a VLCC newbuilding, Almi Atlas, that comes complete with a Tier III engine and a SOx scrubber as standard. Most VLCC newbuilding deliveries this year have been fitted with an older, less environmentally friendly Tier II-compliant engine design, with the possibility of a SOx scrubber to be fitted at a later date.
The 315,221 dwt Almi Atlas is the first of the two VLCCs of its newbuilding project at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and was delivered to its owners at the Mokpo shipyard.
Among other environmentally friendly technologies on board, Almi Atlas is equipped with the HYUNDAI-B&W 7G80ME - C9.5 - EGRTC (Tier III) Green-type engine and is one of the first vessels of its size with a Tier III engine.
The G-type is an ultra-long stroke engine, which, in conjunction with a larger diameter propeller, is said to offer significant fuel savings and produces less emissions than engines with the same output, thus classifying it as one of the most environmentally efficient propulsion systems.
The vessel is also equipped with the Hyundai HiBallast HiB 6000ex ballast water treatment system.
Almi Atlas flies the Liberian flag and is classed by DNV-GL.