By October 2019, the first steel plate that was cut in South Korea last month will hit the water as part of the first vessel of Teekay Offshore’s E-Shuttle tanker series.
These innovative tankers, under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries, will serve in the North Sea.
The new shuttle tanker design will significantly reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The 130,000-dwt vessels will operate on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, and a mixture of LNG and recovered volatile organic compounds as secondary fuel.
The power distribution system is part of Wärtsilä’s low loss hybrid system, using batteries to leverage more fuel savings, peak load shaving and added overall system redundancy.
In fact, the annual emission reduction potential is estimated at up to 42%, with fuel consumption reduced by up to 22% compared to traditional shuttle tankers.
Wärtsilä subsidiary Eniram will supply vessel performance management systems. Data will be streamed to shore managers for analytics and reports.
In addition to this quartet of shuttle tankers, Samsung is building a pair of LNG-powered Aframax tankers for AET, for a Shell time charter.
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