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HHI delivers largest tanker on GL's books

HHI delivers largest tanker on GL's books

Seoul: Hyundai Heavy Industry delivered the largest GL-classed tanker, Athenian Victory (pictured) to Athens-based Athenian Sea Carriers this week. The first of a series of four 318,000dwt VLCCs, the ship is part of a newbuilding programme, which is the German classification society's largest current tanker project. The project also re-launches Athenian Sea Carriers as a major player, as the Minos Kyriakou-controlled company has since the millennium sold or scrapped 800,000dwt of tanker tonnage involving some 15 product and crude carriers.

The Marshall Islands-flagged VLs join the Captain X. Kyriakou, a 2003 built suezmax, the lone ship in the Athenian Sea Carriers fleet. "For GL, the work on this giant took off in summer 2006 when Athenian Sea Carriers ordered the four sister vessels and entrusted GL with the newbuilding classification. Now, the first vessel is ready for delivery, big and strong, made of the highest quality steel and built according to the Common Structural Rules for oil tankers," said Torsten Schramm, GL's coo at the August 19 naming ceremony in Ulsan shipyard.

Compliance with requirements of MARPOL Annex IV (Sewage) and Annex VI (Air Pollution) is ensured. Separate Normal and Low-Sulphur Heavy Fuel Systems (double storage tanks, settling tanks and service tanks) allow for SOx emissions management.

Its environmental properties will be documented in the 'Environmental Passport'. The voluntary class notation issued by GL is a certified documentation of mandatory and voluntary environmental characteristics of the vessel. This will include aspects such as engine and incinerator emissions, vapour emission control systems, refrigeration systems, fire-fighting systems, pollution by oil and noxious liquid substances, pollution by sewage and garbage, ballast water management and anti-fouling systems.

The Athenian Victory complies with the regulations for fuel oil tank protection as required by MARPOL Annex I Reg. 12 A, although it is not mandatory.  [20/08/09]

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