China delivered its first smart very large crude carrier (VLCC) in Dalian, on June 22. The VLCC is called ‘New Journey,’ and is the world’s first intelligent VLCC with a loading capacity of 308,000 tons.
New Journey will be 300-meter, with 308,000 dwt. It will also incorporate assisted autopilot navigation, smart cargo management, as well as energy efficiency management.
The vessel was delivered to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company, after successful trials were conducted in May.
According to Dalian, the ship is a key Chinese project and comes after another world-first VLCC with sails in 2018. What is more, the yard has another order for a VLCC able to comply with the third phase of energy efficiency design index needs.