New Solar Hybrid Supertanker Impresses

We know this might not apply to us as sailors, but it is always great to see innovations that will make our oceans and world less polluted.

Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents Deliverance, a DynaWing  solar hybrid supertanker that qualifies as the largest and by far the greenest post-Panamax vessel to be built, and as such the most economical form of crude oil transport to and from any part of the globe.

To reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions by up to 75%, the supertanker obtains half of her power from LNG and the other half from the latest advances in solar and wind power technology.

Deliverance is a 2 million barrel, 330,000DWT Supertanker designed specifically for the newly enlarged locks of the Panama Canal, which will accommodate vessels that have a maximum length of 1,395 ft, a beam of 176 ft, and a draft 59 ft.

Being longer, narrower and having less draft than previous 2 million barrel VLCC’s, the hull of Deliverance produces less drag, which in conjunction with twin CRP Hybrid Propulsion Pods reduces fuel consumption and GHG emissions by 35%. An additional 20 to 30% reduction is achieved with her 500,000 sq. meter DynaWing boom furling sails and another 15 to 20% reduction by her Solbian Solar power generating array. The realization of a 75% reduction is made possible by Mitsubishi’s Bubble Hull and Wartsila’s Coded LNG hybrid power system.

Generally speaking, the total diesel engine power requirement for a conventional 330,000DWT Supertanker is 30MWs. By comparison, the total power requirement for the advanced 330,000DWT Emax Solar Hybrid Supertanker is 20MWs; 10MWs from LNG, 10MWs from the sun and wind.

As a major certified carbon offset project, the reduction in GHG emissions achieved by Deliverance is 110,000 tons of CO2 per year or roughly a reduction 3 million tons of CO2 over the supertanker’s 25-year service life.

The Cost of Deliverance is approximately 15% above the cost of a conventional 330,000DWT Supertanker.

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