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Next generation VLCC features 4 rigid wing sails
Dr.G.R.Balakrishnan Sep 29 2022 Shipping News

Next generation VLCC features 4 rigid wing sails

With IMO’s CII and EEXI regulations looming, more owners are opting to add sails of one kind or another to ships in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions.

 In one example of this trend, the New Aden, a next generation 307,000 dwt VLCC built by China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC), is fitted with four 40 meter high rigid wing sails.

Built for China Merchants Group, the 333 meter long vessel was built to China Classification Society (CCS) class.

Hailing the New Aden as “one of the most advanced VLCCs ever built in China,” CCS vice president Fan Qiang said the sails are expected to slash average fuel consumption by nearly 10% on the Middle East to the Far East route cutting an estimated 2,900 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

“The New Aden is an outstanding vessel which embraces the very latest design techniques as we work towards meeting the IMO GHG targets,” he said.

Fan said the New Aden sets new standards in VLCC performance.