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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Large Crude Oil Carrier News

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Delivers Green VLCC

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) has completed building a scrubber-equipped Very Large Crude oil Carrier (VLCC), the first of two ships ordered by Greek shipowner Almi Tankers in August 2016, reported the Pulse. The affiliate with South Korea's largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said that the VLCC is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system that can meet stricter restrictions on sulphur oxide emissions that will come into force in 2020. HSHI on Tuesday held a naming ceremony for the oil tanker.

New Ship Building Orders for Korean Yards

South Korean shipyards emerged on top for new orders in April, Business Korea reported quoting industry data. The global total amount of new shipbuilding orders reached 750,000 CGT last month and 340,000 CGT and 260,000 CGT went to South Korean and Chinese shipbuilders, respectively. Japanese shipyard orders came to nil. In terms of numbers, Korean shipyards clinched new orders to build 12 ships. South Korea took the largest portion of very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) orders placed in quantity early last month, said the report.

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier). Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in addition to the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, enabled this drill to be realistic and practical. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated a press conference and timely press releases…

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Revises Business Outlook

Looking at the Company’s business performance for the first half of FY2015, operating income and ordinary income improved as the tanker division enjoyed favorable market conditions, backed by a decline in bunker prices, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). On the other hand, net income for the second quarter decreased from the previous announcement because the Company recorded an extraordinary loss from the stock revaluation of its equity method affiliate, Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha (“Daiichi Chuo”), as a result of that company’s decision to commence civil rehabilitation proceedings.

MOL VLCC: Image credit MOL

BWTS Fitting on Japanese VLCC a First

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) plan to install a ballast water treatment system on an in-service very large crude oil carrier (VLCC). This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation. The installation will take place while the vessel is docked from March through April. Ballast water discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms around the world and can have a negative impact on marine ecosystems and biodiversity.

 'Takamatsu Maru' : Photo credit NYK

Chartered VLCC Makes First Kawasaki Port Call

The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 'Takamatsu Maru' has arrived at the Kawasaki refinery of TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. The 158,000 dwt tankship was chartered by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. from NYK Lines, after the company purchased virtually all of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Japan business. The vessel was built by IHI Marine United Inc. and delivered in June, 2012. TonenGeneral Sekiyu has also assumed the charters of two additional VLCCs — Taiga and Tamba — bringing to three the number of vessels currently chartered by the company from NYK.