Tanker owner and operator AET has named its newest vessels Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder. The twin-skeg 123,100-dwt vessels are the world’s first LNG dual-fuel dynamic positioning (DP) shuttle tankers
AET’s new shuttle tankers Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder will serve Norwegian energy company Equinor on long-term charter for operations in oilfields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf of the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, the southern Barents Sea and the UK Continental Shelf.
Powered using LNG as the primary fuel, the shuttle tankers will also capture 100% of the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) which escape into the air from crude oil cargoes during loading and voyages for reuse as a supplementary fuel.
Utilising a more efficient system for dynamic positioning (ensuring the vessel remains stationary above a specified area of seabed while loading oil at sea), combined with the LNG dual-fuel and VOC recovery systems, these vessels will save up to 3,000 tonnes fuel per year compared with conventional dual-fuel DP shuttle tankers of the same size and meet IMO’s target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% against 2008 baselines by 2030, and halving CO2 emissions by 2050.
AET president, chief executive and chairman of AETSS Capt Rajalingam Subramaniam, said “These vessels are proof that environmental sustainability and commercial viability can coexist, and are also testament to the fact operational performance does not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of reducing emissions. The goal was always to leverage our combined experience of AET, ADS and SHI to develop vessels that really push the boundaries in what is possible in North Sea dynamic positioning operations, and to prove the value of LNG dual-fuel solutions in the energy shipping segment.”
Commenting at the naming ceremony, Equinor’s senior vice president for asset management in marketing, midstream and processing Ann-Elisabeth Serck-Hanssen said, “Taking these vessels on a long-term contract will further enhance our ability to provide safe, efficient and cost competitive energy for our customers, and we are proud to play our part in what is an important step forward in developing more sustainable energy shipping solutions.”
ADS Shipping chairman, Bjørn Tore Larsen commented “Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder have surpassed our expectations, and these vessels will provide Equinor with even greater operational flexibility and control and set a new benchmark for shuttle tanking operations. We look forward to the next stage when these ships begin their work, in our further strengthening the relationship between Equinor, AET and ADS. Our sister company, OSM Maritime are looking forward to managing these vessels from their OSM Ship Management office in Arendal, Norway.”
MISC’s president/group chief executive and AET chairman Yee Yang Chien added “As partners in this venture, we all shared an aspiration to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of our supply chains while ensuring stable and reliable access to energy now and into the future. We are confident these LNG dual-fuel shuttle tankers will be the first of many used by the offshore industry, and I must thank everyone involved for helping to bring this project to life.”
AET president, chief executive and chairman of AETSS Capt Rajalingam Subramaniam is a past winner of Tanker Shipping & Trade Industry Leader Award. Book your place at this year’s event to be held in London on 26-27 November 2019.