Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has recently launched a 315,000 DWT revolutionary type Very Large Crude Oil Carrier (VLCC), built for Concordia Maritime, a Stena company. This carrier is 336 meters long built to Stena V-Max design and differs from other large tankers built in the world to date. In addition to double hulls, the ship has two completely separate engine rooms, double rudders and double propellers. This twin-engine configuration gives the VLCC substantial advantages since one main engine can be shut down for maintenance while the vessel continues its voyage with the other.
The double functions represent an extra safety feature, and provide this vessel with maneuverability far superior to that of other conventional VLCCs. In all likelihood, many serious tanker accidents could have been avoided with this innovative ship type.
The new VLCC employs an exceptionally wide beam combined with a shallow-draught hull form. She has a beam of 70 meters compared to 58-60 meter for typical VLCCs. These features make it possible for the VLCC to offer a 30% higher loading capacity on a limited draught than more conventional vessels. The new vessel is 336 meters long and has a service speed of 16.9 knots. She will be delivered to her owner in April this year.