New Tanker Demonstrates Potential to Exceed IMO’s Emissions Targets

4 mins read  Sealuminati TeamJune 26, 2021

FureViten, a 17,999-dwt tanker, was built by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard Dingheng Co.

A Swedish shipowner calls their newest vessel an "international flagship for the environment and climate," claiming that by employing current technology, they were able to achieve a very low environmental score.

It is 492 feet long with a beam of 75 feet and has a cargo capacity of 20,300 cubic meters in 12 tanks. The ice class of the hull is 1A.

The main goal of the project was to cut fuel usage as much as feasible which was designed by Furetank and FKAB Marine Design in partnership with Wärtsilä. “There hasn't been a single system that we haven't made better. Furetank's CEO, Lars Höglund, describes the mix of interacting, energy-saving technical solutions as "unique."

It will be one of eight vessels in a class of eight, with batteries, a ducted propeller increasing thrust and lowering power requirements, an improved hull shape reducing drag, and the main engine and shaft generator using variable frequency to increase propeller efficiency and reduce fuel consumption (LNG).

When compared to previous vessels, the company claims that employing gas fuel combined with technical optimizations reduced emissions of climate-altering carbon dioxide by 55% and eutrophic nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 86%.

Sulfur dioxide and harmful particulate matter (PM) emissions are essentially reduced.

The IMO uses the EEDI energy efficiency design index to regulate emissions from new vessels, with a lower number indicating reduced emissions.

One of the most crucial concerns for all shipowners investing in new vessels, according to Höglund, is how to future-proof current designs for future requirements.

“We want to operate the ships we build now for the next 20 years, we've spent a lot of time figuring out what the greatest technology is that we can invest in now. Climate change is a fact, and we trust politicians to say what they mean. As a result, if we want to keep operating as a shipping company in the future, we must do everything we can to reduce our climate and environmental impact.”

Fure Vinga, is the first tankers in Europe to use 6.6 kV high voltage shore electricity to operate their energy-intensive cargo pumps. As soon as ports provide the chance, this will reduce emissions even more.

Gothenburg and Rotterdam are currently working on the full-capacity power connection needed to run the pumps from shore power.

Höglund added, "We are in the process of securing the supply of increasing volumes of biogas within a year or two through an exclusive arrangement with a provider." In 2030, I believe we will be able to run these vessels primarily on LBG, resulting in zero fossil emissions."

The company emphasizes that the deployment of these new vessels contributes to the IMO's global fleet emission target of halving emissions by 2050.