AET takes delivery of DP2 shuttle tanker

<i>Eagle Petrolina</i> was delivered to AET at Samsung Heavy Industries on 22 May.Eagle Petrolina was delivered to AET at Samsung Heavy Industries on 22 May.

Malaysia-based tanker operator AET has taken delivery of Eagle Petrolina, the first of a quartet of Suezmax DP2 shuttle tankers under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

The shuttle tankers have been purpose built for operation in the Brazilian Basin under a long-term charter to Petrobras, the Brazilian multinational petroleum corporation. Eagle Petrolina is the first of four Suezmax shuttle tankers contracted under the terms of the long-term charter agreement signed between AET and Petrobras in May 2018. The remaining three vessels in the series are due to be delivered later in 2020.

Eagle Petrolina will commence operations in mid-late June joining the two vessels AET already operates in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.

The four 152,000 DWT vessels have been built to Petrobras’ technical requirements for DP2 shuttle tankers in collaboration with SHI, DNV GL and Eaglestar. The primary mover is constituted by a five-cylinder model of the WinGD X72 series driving a Rolls Royce controllable pitch propeller. The four gensets are based on HiMSEN medium-speed engines of the 320mm-bore 32/40 series, comprising two 9-cylinder in-line models and two seven-cylinder in-line units. The 32/40 produces a maximum 500kW per cylinder at 750rpm.

Classed with DNV GL, the Eagle Petrolina is 277m in length overall and of 48m moulded breadth, with a design draught of 17.2m.

The vessel is equipped with electrical driven cargo pumps for enhanced fuel efficiency, high power retractable azimuth thrusters and tunnel thrusters and are fully capable of operating in weather conditions expected for their class.

The solution ensures full compliance with IMO NOx Tier 3 and SOx emission requirements.

On taking delivery, AET President & CEO Capt. Rajalingam Subramanian paid tribute to the collaborators in the project for safely delivering the vessel amid the COVID-19 outbreak, noting that as a second generation DPST, “she is more environmentally-friendly than current average DPST assets operating in the Brazilian basin.”

AET currently operates seven DP shuttle tankers (including Eagle Petrolina) and has a further 10 shuttle tankers under construction to be delivered between 2020 to 2022.

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