A second generation, dynamically positioned, Suezmax shuttle tanker, Eagle Pilar, has been delivered to Malaysia’s AET by Samsung Heavy Industries.
The 153,180dwt DP2 vessel has been purpose-built for long-term charter to Brazil Shipping 1 Limited, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. The tanker will be deployed in Brazil. Classed by DNV GL and built in collaboration with Eaglestar, the integrated marine services division of MISC Group jointly owned by MISC Berhad and AET, Eagle Pilar will operate to the highest environmental standards.
It will comply with NOx Tier lll and SOx emission requirements and will be approximately 25-30% more fuel-efficient than similar shuttle tankers built up to ten years ago. The tanker has a ballast water treatment system and is equipped with electrically-driven cargo pumps to reduce fuel consumption. Powerful thrusters and the latest position reference systems will enable Eagle Pilar to function efficiently in the harsh conditions found in the Brazilian Basin.
Commenting on the delivery, AET president and CEO, Capt. Rajalingam Subramanian, said: “I am delighted that we continue to deepen our partnership with Shell. With this latest delivery, AET has also further strengthened its position as a top owner and operator of 11 of these highly specialised shuttle tankers globally, and especially in Latin America where we already operate six in the Brazilian Basin.”