Hunter Group ASA has been appointed the senior technical advisor for the four Hartree Maritime Partners LLC VLCC tankers to be constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
Altogether, there are 11 identical specification VLCCs on order at Daewoo, four for Hartree and seven for the account of Hunter Group. The specification includes scrubbers and ballast water treatment systems, with deliveries taking place between October 2018 and August 2020.
“It is Hartree and Hunter’s intention to form a new scrubber-fitted pool to operate this fleet of 11 eco VLCC vessels," said Hartree managing director Guy Merison. "By combining Hartree’s global trading and chartering experience and Hunter’s technical knowledge this pool will serve to minimise operational costs whilst maximising earnings. We will be working with other scrubber-fitted VLCC operators to expand this pool,” he added.
The fleet of scrubber-equipped VLCCs is growing, although it is hard to pin an exact number on how many will be available when the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap is introduced.
The formation of the scrubber-ready tanker fleet is predicated on the expected cost differential, one of the subjects to be discussed at the forthcoming Tanker Shipping & Trade conference in London in November (see below for details).
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.