Navios orders new VLCC from Imabari

Navios orders new VLCC from Imabari Imabari extended its capacity in early 2018 when it opened drydock No. 3.

Major ship operator Navios has recently ordered a 311,000 dwt newbuild very large crude carrier (VLCC) from Imabari Shipyard in Japan. The vessel is scheduled for completion in autumn 2020.

The new VLCC is the first being built to a new more efficient design, including Hybrid Fin and WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) features. Imabari expects the improved ship design and efficient technologies will reduce fuel consumption by up to 18% compared with vessels currently in service.

The new ship will also have in-built scrubbers, which is expected to remove up to 97% of sulphur oxide emissions from the exhaust gas.

As a result, the new design is expected to be comply with IMO Tier III NOx emission requirements.

The vessel also incorporates a section of ductile steel, known as NSafe-Hull. The ductile steel sections are applied to side plates of cargo holds and fuel tanks. The steel is designed to absorb side impact to the hull three times more effectively than conventional steel plate, which is claimed to reduce the risk of cracks in the hull and significantly increase vessel safety.

These are areas where hull strength is especially critical, improved puncture resistance helping to prevent flooding, and reduce risk of environmental damage from cargo oil or fuel oil leakage.

The Motorship previously reported that Imabari commissioned a new drydock, No3, at Marugame in early 2018. The drydock extended the company’s scope to ultra-large containerships of 20,000TEU, and other major tonnage such as VLCCs, very large ore carriers (VLOCs), and LNG tankers.


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