Major EC Yards Outline 'Eurotanker' Development

Five of the largest European shipbuilders recently met in Madrid to join forces and develop a new tanker design for the 21st century.

The group, which included Spain's Astilleros Espanoles S.A., Germany's Bremer Vulkan and Howaldtswerke- Deutsche Werft, Italy's Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani, and France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique, agreed to begin work. A formal framework agreement is expected to be signed later this month.

The VLCC design will be environmentally conscious with a strong emphasis on preventing pollution at sea. The working title for the program is "E-3 Tanker" (European, Ecological and Economical Tanker).

Some of the main features of the tanker will be a 2-million-barrel capacity, special collision-avoidance systems, and a double-hull internal structure.

The group, which will divide the research and development work, has agreed to meet on a regular basis, with the aim of completing the state-of-the-art VLCC by the end of 1991.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Dec 1990

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