Almi Tankers S.A. is very proud to announce that on November 20th, 2014, the second VLCC of its newbuilding project, the M/T Hercules Voyager, was delivered to her owners at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard, and was subsequently delivered to her long-term charterers, Chevron. This 319,000 DWT tanker was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) to the highest industry standards.
This delivery marks the successful completion of Almi Tankers’ newbuilding project, which started in 2011 with the delivery of the first of ten Suezmaxes and two VLCCs from DSME.
The Hercules Voyager was designed in accordance to the latest regulations and industry requirements in order to satisfy customer needs, therefore special emphasis was placed on creating an environmentally friendly design. The vessel is among the most Eco-friendly ships worldwide, designed with our responsibility to safeguard the environment in mind.
Among other eco-friendly technologies on board, the Hercules Voyager is equipped with the MAN HHI 7G80ME-C9.2 Green-type engine and OceanSaver’s Filtration & Electrodialysis Ballast Water Treatment System. The G-type is an ultra long stroke engine, which, in conjunction with a larger diameter propeller, offers significant fuel savings and produces less emissions than engines with the same output, thus classifying it as one of the most environmentally efficient propulsion systems. Almi Tankers recognises the need to consistently and continuously improve performance, especially in environmental issues. Therefore, all vessels in Almi Tankers’ fleet will always be equipped with top of the line technologies to enhance safety and ensure the best possible protection of the environment. The vessel specifications reflect Almi Tankers’ aim of ensuring reliable and efficient operation throughout the vessel’s life.
The Hercules Voyager flies the Bahamian flag and is classed under ABS.
We are pleased to announce that Almi Tankers has been granted the Green Flag environmental achievement award by the Port of Long Beach, due to our fleet’s excellent performance and extraordinary compliance with their Green Flag Programme. The programme urges vessels to slow down to 12 knots or less within a certain range of the port, to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions in coastal areas. The award is being granted to operators who called the Port of Long Beach in 2013 and demonstrated that 90% or more of their vessels’ trips complied with the voluntary Green Flag Vessel Speed Reduction Programme. We would like to congratulate everyone involved for their effort and contribution towards environmental excellence.
More on the Green Flag Incentive Programme
The Port’s Green Flag Programme is a voluntary vessel speed reduction programme that rewards vessel operators for slowing down to 12 knots or less within 40 nautical miles (nm) of Point Fermin (near the entrance to the Harbour). Because the ships emit less when they travel more slowly, the programme has been highly successful in reducing smog-forming emissions and diesel particulates from ships. In 2009, more than 90 percent of vessels participated in the programme, slowing their ships in the 20 nm zone, while more than 70 percent slowed down within the 40 nm zone.
In return for their participation — at least 90 percent of the time in a calendar year — the vessel operators can earn dockage rate reductions, as well as help improve air quality in the greater Long Beach area.
Vessels that dock at the Port of Long Beach can also earn the coveted Green Flag environ¬mental achievement award for extraordinary compliance with the programme within a 12-month period.
The speed of every vessel in the speed reduction zone is measured and recorded by the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The programme prevents more than 1,000 tons a year of air pollution. For more information, visit the Port of Long Beach website.
Almi Tankers is proud to announce that it has retained its recognition according to the Investors in People standard, after a follow-up assessment conducted at the head office by Investors in People International.
This achievement could not have been accomplished without the willing, honest and open participation of all Almi Tankers head office team members, whose continuous commitment to our values, professionalism and efforts to work together as one team towards achieving our vision, have been invaluable.
The Investors in People (IIP) standard is an internationally recognised tool for assuring best practice for improving performance through the training, development and management of people. By maintaining this recognition, the team of Almi Tankers have accomplished an objective that was set at the very beginning of the company’s activities five years ago. Almi Tankers has always identified its people to be the key contributor to its success and had pursued the Investors in People recognition in order to officially state its commitment to make the best of its people and recognise their contribution. Almi Tankers intends to further optimise the way it manages its people through the management of change process and by constantly implementing our philosophy of continuous improvement.
Almi Tankers S.A. was once again recognised by the United States Coast Guard for meeting the requirements of their Quality Shipping in the 21st Century programme, also known as Qualship 21, which identifies high-quality vessels and rewards them for their commitment to safety and quality.
The U.S. Coast Guard implemented this initiative on January 1, 2001, to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations.
The first two vessels of our fleet to reach this status had been the M/T Almi Horizon and M/T Almi Globe. More recently, the M/T Almi Galaxy, M/T Almi Sky and M/T Almi Explorer also managed to achieve Qualship 21 recognition.
Almi Tankers wishes to congratulate all our team members, both on board and ashore, for this achievement.