Sunday, January 26, 2014

Global Shipping Group Launch Four New Eco Tankers

Latest Technology Makes for Fuel and Emission Savings
Shipping News Feature

KOREA – ITALY – WORLDWIDE – Earlier this month the d’Amico group, a product and oil shipping company with its roots in Italy and its branches stretching about the globe, launched four new state of the art ‘eco-ships’ in Ulsan, Korea, designed in collaboration with the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The latest vessels will be added to the fleet of tankers belonging to d’Amico Tankers, a 100% owned group subsidiary.

The ‘Eco Tankers’ are RINA classified and combine the technical skills of d’Amico and the building experience of the dockyard, producing a unique design allowing the ships to achieve an average saving of 6 tonnes of fuel per day (for vessels with a full load and a constant speed of 14 knots) and the consequent 20% reduction of CO2 emissions.

On a technical level, the vessels’ design includes several new features that favour reduced motion resistance and increased propulsive efficiency, as well being powered by the latest generation engines whilst important navigation safety innovations for have been introduced. Two of the ships will transport a load of 40,000 dwt, the other two 50,000 dwt, all are 183 metres overall with a 32 metre beam and the four together cost $127 million.

At the christening the vessels were named Cielo di Gaeta, Cielo di New York, High Freedom and High Discovery and they bring the group fleet total to forty seven ships with thirty three (and a half) more on charter. Group president Paolo d’Amico, commented:

“We are proud to open the year with the launch of the first four vessels built in collaboration with the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which represent a unique opportunity. This collaboration has enabled the creation of what we may define the latest generation of eco ships, vessels that will allow us to further increase our competitiveness and leadership in the international shipping industry. The plan for new launches does not end here, during 2014 the group will launch other new vessels also in the dry cargo business area.”

Photo: Flags fly over one of the four vessels at the multiple launch celebration.