Last week I had the good fortune to attend the naming ceremonies for Eagle San Francisco and Eagle San Jose at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.
The 157,512 dwt AET-owned Suezmax twins will enter into a five-year charter for Repsol. The vessels are part of a programme that saw two 113,400 dwt Aframax tankers – Eagle Barcelona and Eagle Brisbane – delivered the previous week from Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje yard.
Later this year two of the world's first LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers will be delivered and two DPII shuttle tankers will follow in 2019. The company has been working on a green sustainability agenda to control the emission of particulate matters, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide. AET is confident that these LNG dual-fuel ships are the sustainable solution, both in the mid and long term. The two DPII shuttle tankers scheduled to join AET in 2019 will also be LNG dual-fuelled. When in operation from 2019, these two ships are expected to be the world's first LNG dual-fuel dynamic positioning shuttle tankers and the most energy efficient.
A fuller report on Eagle San Francisco and Eagle San Jose will feature in the upcoming issue of Tanker Shipping & Trade.