Namura delivers its first VLCC
Japan's Namura Shipbuilding has completed its first VLCC, the 'Atlantic Pioneer', and delivered it to Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
With this delivery, Namura has achieved its long-cherished ambition to enter the VLCC market since it established its Imari Works 35 years ago. Though the 'Atlantic Pioneer' was Namura's first VLCC, the delivery was made without delay, and there has been no major trouble in the building process. Noriaki Akiyama, senior managing executive officer and Imari Works manager, said that, "With our detailed prior preparations and thanks to the efforts of all concerned, we could construct the ship smoothly."
The Imari building dock, completed in 1974, was originally intended to build 1.5 VLCCs on a semi-tandem system and was constructed to meet 230,000-dwt type, the mainstay VLCC at that time. Due to the tanker recession, however, it appeared almost impossible for Namura to foray into the VLCC market but, in recent years, Namura has been steadily advancing preparations to construct VLCCs.
The second VLCC is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2010.