China Classification Society (CCS) announced the delivery and naming ceremony of the first VLCC ever built in China deploying four 40metre rigid wing sails.
CS attended the naming ceremony of the 307,000 DWT, 333 metre crude oil carrier M/V New Aden at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) together with the owner China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company.
CCS Vice President Mr Fan Qiang represented CCS at the ceremony saying the New Aden is ‘one of the most advanced VLCCs ever built in China’. He also added that the sails are expected to reduce average fuel consumption by nearly 10% on the Middle East to the Far East route cutting an estimated 2900 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
The New Aden is an outstanding vessel which embraces the very latest design techniques as we work towards meeting the IMO GHG targets
The sails have a combined surface of around 1200 sq m. They are made of a low weight carbon fibre composite supported by high strength corrosion resistance and an autonomous control system, to maximise efficiency in complex operating conditions.
The technology monitors power supply and self-inspects to ensure the hydraulic lifting and electric rotation is optimised to ensure peak performance.
Mr Fan further explained that the New Aden meets the requirements of Harmonized Common Structural Rules (HCSR), the latest oxynitride and oxysulfide emission standards, the update phase requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI).
Finally, the ship meets the EU Inventory of Hazardous Materials and ship recycling rules in line with the latest oil major requirements.