Norwegian financial newspaper Finansavisen has reported that Norwegian state oil company Equinor has placed a tender in the market for seven LNG-powered Aframax tankers
According to local news reports, the requirement is split between crude oil Aframax and LR2 product tankers and was offered to shipbrokers to find owners willing to place contracts and operate the tankers against long-term charters from Equinor.
Equinor’s requirement comes at a time when shipbrokers are voicing concerns over the availability of slots.
There are 223 dual-fuel vessels (all types over 50,000 dwt) on the orderbook. These are on order at the following yards: CSSC OME, China; Daewoo, South Korea; Dalian Shipbuilding Industries, China; Hudong Zhonghua, China; Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea; Hyundai Mipo, South Korea; Hyundai Samho, South Korea; Jiangnan Shanghai Changxi, China; Kawasaki, Japan; New Times Shipbuilding, China; Samsung, South Korea; Shanghai Waigaoqiao, China; Zvezda, Russia; according to VesselsValue data.
It should be noted that Equinor already has a close relationship with AET, which operates the Aframax-sized LNG-powered shuttle tankers that were constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries and with Altera (ex-Teekay), which operates tri-fuel (MDO, LNG, VOC) shuttle tankers on behalf of Equinor.
Find out more about LNG-powered tankers at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Webinar Week’s The case for LNG and LPG-fuelled tanker 12 May 2021.