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DiSTiNCTiVESHIPS 2012 Award winners AMERICAN PHOENIX Jones Act 49,000 dwt product tanker T here is perhaps no vessel more aptly named than the 49,000 dwt, Jones Act-compliant chemical tanker American Phoenix. Originally started as part of a three-ship order by now bankrupt AHL Shipping, the uncompleted hull of the American Phoenix was acquired by MOTC, a joint venture of privately held Mid Ocean Marine and private equity firm Alterna Capital Partners, at a bankruptcy auction in early 2011 for $12.65 million. The ship was originally built under a virtual shipyard concept with several Gulf Coast shipyards constructing large modules or blocks of the vessel. Back in 2007, AHL Shipping had secured long-term charters for the three product/chemical tankers that were to be built under the virtual shipyard concept. The cost for each of the tankers at the time was reported as $124 million apiece. BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Mobile, AL, was then contracted to complete construction of the American Phoenix and prepare it for use in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel is being chartered by Koch Industries. The American Maritime Officers (AMO) represents all of the licensed officers onboard the vessel. The U.S.-flag chemical tanker, American Phoenix has a capacity of 339,000 barrels, length of 616 feet long, beam of 105 feet and draft of 36 feet. It is the largest vessel ever built and launched in the State of Alabama. Operating management of the American Phoenix is being performed by Seabulk Tankers, a division of Seacor Holdings. BNEIDER 125,220 m3 product tanker for KOTC When it comes to piracy, the 125,220 m3 product tanker Bneider won’t be an easy target. Shipowner Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has incorporated some of the lastest anti-piracy technologies into the ship, including an antipiracy deckhouse structure (with no external deckhouse ladder), cross bar doors for door-lock and key system, anti-ballistic film over the windows in the accommodation area, an anti-piracy jetting gun, a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a Ship Security Alert System and CCTV with night vision for the bridge wing fore and aft area. The Bneider was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) and classed by Det Norske Veritas, +A1(E), “Tanker for Oil ESP”, CSR, COAT-PSPC(B), E0, PLUS, HMON(G4,A1),NAUTICUS(O peration), CLEAN#, VCS-2, TMON, SPM, COMF-V(3), BIS, NAUT-OC, VIBR. With an overall length of 249.9m, beam of 42m and molded draft of 21m, the Bneider has an MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8 main engine, rated at 13,350 kW at 98.4 rev/min. The fuel oil consumption for the engine is 170.7 g/kWh at maximum continuous rating. As an energy saving measure, the ship has a pre-swirl stator installed at the stern frame in front of the propeller. DECEMBER 2012 MARINE LOG 13

Dec 2012 Marine Log Magazine

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