The Motorship | Almi VLCC newbuilds showcase green technology

Greek operator and ship manager Almi Tankers recently commissioned the 315,000dwt VLCC Almi Atlas into its fleet, the first of two newbuilds specified to a particularly high environmental standard. By David Tinsley

The South Korean-built crude carrier provides an early reference in her size category for IMO Tier III-compatible diesel propulsion machinery, and features an exhaust gas scrubber installation. Investment in the two key technologies demonstrates a proactive approach to meeting customers’ requirements against the backcloth of intensifying regulatory controls.

Almi Atlas was constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), with handover and DNV GL class assignment taking place in March this year. The vessel is registered under the ownership of Bianca Marine Services, with management by Almi Tankers, founded in 2009 by the Fostiropoulos family and which comprises aframax, suezmax and VLCC tonnage.

Almi Tankers had established itself as a market front runner in 2011 when it ordered the first G-type, ultra-long-stroke engines for two 319,000dwt VLCCs contracted from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Powered by 7G80ME-C9.2 models, the vessels were delivered as the Hydra Voyager and Hercules Voyager in 2013 and 2014, respectively, both going directly into long-term charter with Chevron.

The subsequent nomination in 2016 of EGR-equipped 7G80ME-C9.5 machinery for the latest Almi newbuilds took MAN Diesel & Turbo’s order list for the G-series to the 1,500 ma....

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