July 11, 2018
Construction of the first E-Shuttle Tanker Newbuilding Underway
July 2, 2018 marked the steel cutting ceremony for Teekay Offshore’s first of four E-Shuttle Tanker newbuildings intended for operations in the North Sea. The event took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, Korea. Lead Machinery Superintendent Mr. Tsuyoshi Shibasaki-san had the honor of pushing the button to begin cutting the very first steel plate.
The new and innovative shuttle tanker design will significantly reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The 130,000 dwt vessels will operate on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, and a mixture of LNG and recovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as secondary fuel.
The power distribution system is part of Wärtsilä’s Low Loss Hybrid (LLH) system, using batteries to leverage more fuel savings, peak load shaving and added overall system redundancy. In fact, the annual emission reduction potential is estimated at up to 42%, with fuel consumption reduced by up to 22% compared to traditional shuttle tankers.
To learn more about our new E-Shuttle Tanker technology, take a look at our previous story: “Setting New, Ambitious Environmental Standards for Shuttle Tankers” and be sure to keep an eye out for the most environmentally friendly shuttle tankers ever built. The four vessels are expected to be delivered from the yard in from October 2019 through to 2020.