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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

China Shipbuilding's Dalian Shipbuilding subsidiary is to build a pair of VLCCs for China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) of Hong Kong, each of which will feature energy-saving technology as a move towards reducing carbon emissions.

One of the vessels will feature an auxiliary sail assist propulsion system, and the other will have an air lubrication system to reduce hull drag.  Each of these innovations is expected to result in a cut in fuel consumption of 5%to 7%. The wind assistance system is thought to be based on a twin-sail trial installation tested last year by CMES on another VLCC.

Scheduled delivery for the 307,000 dwt newbuilds is set for July and September of 2022. The new pair are an addition to the four-ship order placed in November 2019 by China Merchants with China Shipbuilding.

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