Overseas Shipholding buys BP’s methanol-ready tanker
US-based Overseas Shipholding has signed an agreement with BP Oil Shipping Company to purchase a methanol-ready tanker.
As informed, the tank vessel Alaskan Frontier is a sister vessel to three other Alaskan Class tankers operated by OSG’s wholly owned subsidiary, Alaskan Tanker Company. Following the expected early November completion of the transaction, OSG intends to reactivate the 1.3-million-barrel capacity tanker which has been in cold layup in Malaysia since 2019.
Furthermore, OSG plans to make significant investments in the vessel for it to begin commercial trade by the fourth quarter of 2024.
The engine upgrades for the Alaskan Frontier are considered a lifecycle upgrade, which will be completed by German engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES).
This modernization of each of the four engines onboard will improve performance and fuel efficiency and also prepare the engines for possible methanol fuel in the future. It is expected that the fuel efficiency gain will result in 15-20% fuel savings as compared to the vessel’s current consumption, leading to a meaningful reduction in carbon output.
“The purchase of the Alaskan Frontier brings all four of the Alaskan class crude oil tankers under OSG’s ownership at a time when the prospect for expanded crude oil production in Alaska offers great promise for continued and increasing demand for ships of her type,” said Sam Norton, President and CEO of OSG.
“Upon completion of shipyard work, which will include lifecycle upgrades on the engines that will improve the performance and longevity of the vessel, we believe that the Alaskan Frontier will be primed to provide additional transportation capacity to suit the needs of our customers in a time of limited availability.”
Norton added also: “The full scope of reactivation work is expected to require a period of approximately one year and will, in addition to the engine upgrades, entail a ballast water treatment system installation and other improvements to prepare her for commercial use.”
The total capital commitment for the project, including the purchase price of the vessel, is approximately $50 million.
Alaskan Frontier was built in 2004 by General Dynamics NASSCO and was part of the active fleet of the Alaska Tanker Company until 2019 when the vessel was placed in cold lay-up in Labuan, Malaysia.