Germanischer Lloyd Classes Its Largest Tanker

By MarEx 2012-12-18 14:33:00

Athenian Sea Carriers christens first of four mega-tankers.

The christening of the VLCC “ATHENIAN VICTORY” took place in the world’s largest shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, in Ulsan, Korea. Germanischer Lloyd (GL) will be classing the four 318,000 dwt VLCC tankers owned by the Greek shipping company Athenian Sea Carriers

For GL, this is the largest current tanker project. The classification process followed a new project management format introduced by GL, which includes centralized technical matters between the shipyard, the ship owner and GL. Both the plan approval process and the steel cutting were already completed in 2008.

"For GL, the work on this giant took off in summer 2006 when Athenian Sea Carriers had ordered the four sister vessels and entrusted GL with the newbuilding classification. Now, the first vessel is ready for delivery, big and strong, made of the highest quality steel and built according to the Common Structural Rules for oil tankers", said Torsten Schramm, GL's Chief Operating Officer at the naming ceremony in Ulsan.

The "Athenian Victory" has a length of 333 m, a breadth of 60 m and a draft of 22.6 m. It is a single screw VLCC oil tanker, with 17 cargo oil tanks including two slop tanks and twelve segregated water ballast tanks. The main engine has 29,000 kw. The double hull oil tanker has been designed and assessed according to North Atlantic conditions. The hull has been designed to IACS Common Structural Rules for Tanker (CSR).

Compliance with requirements of MARPOL Annex IV (Sewage) and Annex VI (Air Pollution) is ensured. Separate Normal and Low-Sulphur Heavy Fuel Systems (double storage tanks, settling tanks and service tanks) allow for SOx emissions management. Under the flag of Marshall Islands it will take up its first voyage to Singapore.

Its environmental properties will be documented in the "Environmental Passport." The voluntary class notation issued by Germanischer Lloyd is a certified documentation of mandatory and voluntary environmental characteristics of the vessel. This will include aspects such as engine and incinerator emissions, vapor emission control systems, refrigeration systems, fire-fighting systems, and pollution by oil and noxious liquid substances, pollution by sewage and garbage, ballast water management and anti-fouling systems. The "Athenian Victory" complies with the regulations for fuel oil tank protection as required by MARPOL Annex I Reg. 12 A, although it is not mandatory.

About Athenian Sea Carriers

Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. Is a Tanker Management Company with extensive experience within the field o Crude Oil and oil products transport. The company has achieved a leading position amongst tanker management companies due to its capability to provide safe and environmentally friendly oil transportation combining client satisfaction and protection of public interests.


GL's, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, has a dedicated growth strategy, both organically and by acquisition. In April 2009, Noble Denton, a premier provider of life cycle marine and offshore engineering services, has joined GL and reinforced its offshore expertise. Wind consultancy Garrad Hassan (GH) joined forces with GL in August 2009 to form a technical assurance and consulting company for renewable energy.