Shell Orders 11,500-DWT Tanker From Valmet
Valmet Shipbuilding, Helsinki, Finland, has received an order for an 11,500-dwt tanker. The new vessel, scheduled for delivery late in 1981, has been ordered by Oy Shell Ab, the Finnish subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.
This is the second order for Finland placed by the Shell Group.
In June, Shell Expro ordered a multiservice vessel worth 350 million marks for operation in the North Sea.
The new contract was signed on behalf of Shell by managing director Ahti Lohivesi and by director Kaj Lindstrom, and for the shipyard by managing director Jaakko Ihamuotila and Shipbuilding Group's vice president Rauno lives.
The vessel will be built at Valmet's Helsinki shipyard in Vuosaari, where Oy Shell Ab's main office is located. Construction work will begin this year, and delivery is scheduled for the end of 1981.
The new ship will have a length overall of 141 meters (about 463 f e e t ) , breadth of 21.2 meters (70 f e e t ) , a depth of 10.7 meters (35 f e e t ) , and a draft of 7.8 meters (26 feet).
Total loading capacity of tanks will be 14,000 cubic meters. The machinery consists of two medium- speed engines giving a total output of 7,500 bhp connected via reduction gear to a controllablepitch propeller. The speed of the new vessel will be 14 knots.
The ship will sail under the Finnish flag, will be managed by Oy Henry Nielsen Ab, and will have a Finnish crew.
Construction will be according to class + 100 A - l of Lloyd's Register of Shipping and will also meet the requirements of the Finnish Ice Class I A.
This contract will result in Valmet's first direct delivery to Shell.
However, other vessels built by Valmet Oy were time-chartered, during construction, to Shell.
Two hundred forty-five vessels of more than 10,000 dwt are currently operated by Shell, making it the largest individual fleet in the world. The Shell fleet carries 12 million tons of oil daily. This equals the annual total consumption of oil in Finland.
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