Samsung Heavy Industries said on Jan. 21 that it has delivered the world's first LNG dual-fuel propulsion shuttle tanker in 2020 when the International Maritime Organization's tougher regulations on the emission of air pollutants from ships are enforced.
Samsung Heavy successfully completed the construction of a 130,000-ton LNG dual-fuel propulsion shuttle tank at the Geoje shipyard and delivered the vessel to its owner, Teekay Offshore, Norway.
The vessel, named the Aurora Spirit, is the world's first LNG dual-fuel propulsion shuttle tank and can reduce 85 percent of sulfur oxide, 98 percent of nitrogen oxide and 98 percent of fine dust compared to existing ships, as well as respond to the International Maritime Organization's CO2 emission regulations.
It is also a next-generation shuttle tank developed by Samsung Heavy by significantly strengthening its eco-friendly environment, including the VOC Recovery System, a technology that collects and uses VOCs generated in the process of handling crude oil.
"With tougher environmental regulations, increasing demand for eco-friendly ships is inevitable," a Samsung Heavy official said. "We will continue to lead the market based on differentiated eco-friendly technologies that have both operational efficiency and economic feasibility."
Meanwhile, Samsung Heavy Industries succeeded in localizing the ship battery system last year, which can reduce the fuel consumption of power generators and slash operating costs, and has developed the world's first fuel-cell-enabled crude carriers to win technical certification from DNV GL.