On Tuesday, 21 July 2009, the delivery ceremony of the product carrier NS Asia ordered by JSC Novoship took place at Hyundai Heavy Industries Со., Ltd., Korea.
On Tuesday, 21 July 2009, the delivery ceremony of the product carrier NS Asia ordered by JSC Novoship (Novorossiysk Shipping Company, the Sovcomflot Group) took place at Hyundai Heavy Industries Со., Ltd., Korea. The 111 682 DWT tanker NS Asia was built with fully coated cargo tanks to carry up to 4 different grades of cargo simultaneously including clean petroleum products. NS Asia has the following specifications:
? Length on Average ? 250.0 m
? Breadth Moulded ? 44.0 m
? Depth ? 21 m
? Draft ? 14.7 m
? Service Speed (open water) ? 15.0 knots
? Main Engine Maximum Continuous Rating - 19 430 bhp (14 280 kW) at 105 rpm
NS Asia is the third vessel in the series of four Aframax-type product carriers ordered by Novoship in accordance with the company"s Fleet Renewal Programme. The delivery of her sister ship NS Africa is scheduled for September while the first two ice-class vessels ? NS Arctic and NS Antarctic ? were delivered in the second quarter 2009.
The design and the operational characteristics of the vessels are in compliance with the ultimate requirements of Oil Majors as well as the requirements set by international and national conventions related to the safety of navigation and the protection of marine environment. DNV has issued the Clean Notation for NS Asia which means conformity to the highest industry ecological standard possible.
The new tanker has been built with consideration of existing major oil companies" projects and is intended for Russian cargoes.
The Sovcomflot (SCF) Group believes its modern, well-maintained fleet is a significant competitive advantage in the global market. At present there are 24 new vessels on order representing 2.1 million deadweight tons at shipyards of Russia, South Korea and China. The vessels are scheduled for delivery by the fourth quarter of 2010.