AET, a global operator of crude and clean petroleum tankers, has received the delivery of a new Suezmax second-generation dynamic positioning (DP2) shuttle tanker called Eagle Pilar.

The tanker has been constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea.

It has been built for long-term charter to Brazil Shipping I, a completely owned indirect subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

Built in association with Eaglestar and DNV-GL, the 153,180 DWT DP2 ship by design is nearly 25%-30% more fuel-efficient compared with the DPSTs and complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) NOx Tier 3 and SOx emission requirements.

The vessel features a ballast water treatment system, electrically driven cargo pumps for improved fuel efficiency, high-power thrusters, and the new position reference system.

AET president and CEO Rajalingam Subramanian said: “I am delighted that we continue to deepen our partnership with Shell globally by continuously supporting their business ambition with our commitment and capabilities safely, reliably, and eco-efficiently operating the DP2 shuttle tanker in what can be extremely demanding and challenging environmental conditions in the Brazilian Basin. Excellent HSSE deliverables are the cornerstone of our business. Following the delivery of Eagle Pilar, AET has another three new DP2 shuttle tankers to be delivered in 2021 and 2022 to Shell.”

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Eagle Pilar is scheduled to be delivered to Shell later this month.

Eventually, the vessel will join AET’s six other dynamic positioning shuttle tankers (DPSTs), which are currently operating in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.

AET’s DPST fleet in Brazil will now stand at seven with six additional DP2 shuttle tankers scheduled to be delivered in 2021-2022.

AET has 11 DPSTs worldwide, seven in the Brazilian Basin and four in the North and Norwegian Sea.