Sumitomo To Launch $59 Million Double-Skin, Double-Bottomed Tanker

The first double-hulled, doublebottomed tanker built at its Oppama yard will soon be launched in Japan by Sumitomo.

The Olympic Serenity, ordered by Onassis subsidiary Dover Marine Panama at a cost of about $59 million, has been constructed in line with U.S. antipollution laws enacted last August following the Exxon Valdez spill in March 1989. The 95,000-dwt tanker is scheduled to be delivered next month.

Meanwhile, Ishikawajima-Harima is constructing two 140,000-dwt double-bottomed tankers for Dover Marine Panama. The first is due for delivery next month, and the second in September.

An order for one double-bottomed 150,000-dwt tanker has been received from OMI Corporation of New York by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The tanker is to be delivered in January next year.

Japanese shipbuilders had orders for 32 dual structure tankers as of August 1990, according to the Japan Maritime Research Institute (Jamri).

Included in the total were 23 double-hulled and double-bottomed tankers, five double-bottomed ships, and four double-hulled ships.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 28,  Feb 1991

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