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    AET Names LNG Duel-Fuelled Aframax Vessels


The vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell.

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AET Names LNG Duel-Fuelled Aframax Vessels

Singapore-based tanker owner AET, which is a subsidiary of Malaysia’s MISC, has named its first LNG dual-fuelled Aframax vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu.

The vessels were inaugurated at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry’s shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018, AET said October 11.

The vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with a two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability. LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 m3 each, arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.

The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels (via ship-to-ship transfer) and will be able to travel using LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.

"We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our Group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us," AET CEO Rajalingam Subramaniam said.