Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tankers revealed that its first LNG dual-fuel sister Aframaxes undertook their maiden ship-to-ship LNG bunkering earlier in April.

According to the company, the vessels Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu conducted the operations in Port of Rotterdam.

This is the 113,000 dwt vessels’ first call to a port in Europe as they make their journey and tour of duty towards the Atlantic Basin.

“This first European port call for Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, coupled with the vessel’s exciting first LNG bunkering, is a momentous success for AET in driving LNG as a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry and in turn, spurring other shipping companies to work towards achieving IMO’s minimum 2050 emissions reduction target,” Ron Wood, Global Director, Mid-Size Tankers Crude Shipping, AET, said.

Each vessel was loaded with 1,040 cubic metres of LNG, filling about 60% of the receiving vessel’s total capacity, allowing them a considerable trade mileage of about 3,600 nautical miles running on LNG fuel.

The Eagle Brasilia and the Eagle Bintulu were inaugurated in October 2018 at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Both units are employed on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) for operations in the Atlantic Basin.

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