Saturday, January 10, 2015

High Fidelity - something new

The seeminlgy endless supply of handysize tankers in the 50,000 dwt range that have been calling in Halifax in profusion for the past year may seem to some to be mind-numbingly similar. Most are the products of the major South Korean mass production shipyards, and are indeed virtually identical in many respects.
However there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

As we have seen with the Hafnia, Chinese built Super Ice ships there is variety if you look for it.

The newest tanker to call in Halifax arrived at Valéro in Eastern Passage on Friday, and it is the sign of things to come.  High Fidelity is owned by d'Amico Tankers  Ltd (Ireland) one of several subsidiaries of d'Amico Soc di Nav of Rome, and is the second in a new class of ECO design Mid Range tankers for the company. The ships promise a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and substantial fuel savings at economical 14 knot service speed. This is achieved by new engine technologies, including de-rating and slow prop speed, and hull shape maximized for efficiency. (HMD). 

High Fidelity transits the Narrows with Atlantic Larch as tethered escort, on their way to Bedford Basin anchorage. Note the chamfered edges of the accommodation block, which improve air flow. There are also tapered bulwarks on the forepeak.

Built by Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co in Nin Hoa, Viet Nam, the 29,935 grt, 50,000 dwt ship was ordered in 2013, launched May 22, 2014, and delivered in August 28, 2014. Hyundai Vinashin is a Joint Venture between Hyndai Mipo of South Korea and the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group.

d'Amico is the midst of a fleet rejuvenation program with 16 new ships on order or delivered. Five to 6 older ships will be sold from a fleet of 46 ships (26 owned and 20 chartered.)


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