Chinese shipyard lays keel for Sirius Shipping oil tanker

AVIC Dingheng shipyard in China has hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the first of Sirius Shipping’s two Evolution-class vessels.

Designed for harsh weather conditions, the Ice Class 1A, 7,999DWT oil and chemical tankers measure 119.9 metres by 19.4 metres.

The 9,700-cubic-metre, Tier III oil product tanker for chemicals (IMO II) and oil products will be constructed for high cargo intake with a density of 1.54 tonnes per cubic metre and for SECA area trade.

Once delivered, the newbuilding will be operated by ESSO Norway on a time charter.

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