The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has taken delivery of a Large Range-I (LR-I) product tanker, m.t. Swarna Brahmaputra, on September 15, according to Exim News Service.
The vessel was the third of SCI’s six LR-I product tankers being constructed at STX Shipyard, Korea, orders for which were placed in October 2006. The first two vessels were delivered in July and August and delivery of the remaining three is scheduled during October 2010.
The vessel has a gross tonnage of 42,845 and DWT of 73,606 at scantling draught. It has been classed with LRS and IRS and has been built to comply with the latest and most stringent international regulations. The ship also complies with the requirements of "Green Passport" notation, which signifies a safe and environmentally-sound approach right from building to recycling.
With the country heavily dependent on import of crude oil and transportation of petroleum products, having product tankers under the Indian flag provides vital energy security. Energy transportation has continued to remain the core business segment for SCI and the induction of this vessel into its fleet is expected to strengthen its position in the energy transportation area.
With the addition of this product tanker, SCI’s fleet now has 75 vessels. Acquisition of such vessels is in line with the company’s strategy of maintaining a modern and young fleet. It currently has 27 vessels on order, with 7 of these slated for delivery in 2010.