Samsung Heavy debuts revolutionary VLCC design

South Korea’s top shipyards are busy developing the next generation of VLCC designs. At yesterday’s Nor-Shipping exhibition on the outskirts of Oslo, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) was awarded an approval in principle from British class society Lloyd’s Register for a novel LNG-fuelled VLCC design, which comes equipped with rotor sails and an air lubrication system. The tanker, dubbed VLCC2020, is fitted with a 6,000 cu m LNG fuel storage tank, a two-stroke dual-fuel diesel engine and an LNG fuel supply system. The ship also features SAVER Air, an SHI-patented air lubrication system, and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution.

SHI’s new VLCC design is estimated to reduce approximately 25% of CO2 emissions and 99% of sulphur oxides, compared to conventional VLCC design.

At the same exhibition a day prior, Lloyd’s Register also presented South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with approval in principle for a VLCC eco-tanker design, capable of using a combination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixed with LNG as fuel and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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