AET, a petroleum tanker owner and operator, has extended its partnership in the DP2 shuttle tanker sector with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras). AET was recently awarded a contract to own and operate four specialist DP2 Suezmax Shuttle Tankers on long-term charter by Petrobras. These new vessels are in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.
The four DP2 shuttle tankers will be built by a Korean shipyard for delivery in 2020 and will be contracted to Petrobras for operations in international and Brazilian waters.
The vessels, compliant to IMO NOX Tier 3 requirement, will be built in accordance with Petrobras' latest technical requirement for DP2 shuttle tankers and installed with a ballast water treatment system. Each will be equipped with high power thrusters and generators fully capable of operating in harsh weather conditions.
Yee Yang Chien, President/Group CEO, MISC Berhad, and Chairman, AET commented: “AET's focus on increasing its presence in the shuttle tanker business is consistent with the MISC Group's priority of developing its portfolio of assets that generate long-term secured income on a recurring basis. This award goes to prove that growth remains possible for MISC despite the present challenging operating conditions for tanker operators. It reaffirms MISC’s belief in the prospects of growth in the oil production supply chain.
“AET’s latest success in the shuttle tanker segment is another step forward in the MISC Group's commitment in expanding its business presence in the Brazilian oil and gas industry, that includes the fast growing FPSO market.”
Rajalingam Subramaniam, President and CEO, AET, said: “The 2010 Petrobras contract signalled AET’s entry into the shuttle tanker market and this allowed us to demonstrate our expertise and enhance our reputation in a more sophisticated arena of the petroleum logistics industry. Harnessing this experience, we continued to innovate and re-engineer our business and operations to ensure the services we deliver remain relevant to the evolving landscape and our customers’ changing needs. I am delighted that Petrobras has recognised AET’s capabilities and expertise in DP2 shuttle tanker operations with the award of this new contract.
Separately, in June 2017, AET was awarded a contract to build and operate two LNG dual-fuelled DP2 Offshore Loading Shuttle Tankers for service in oilfields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf including the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the southern Barents Sea; as well as the UK Continental Shelf. These ships will join the two existing AET DP2 shuttle tankers currently operating in that area. This is a further demonstration of AET's drive to consistently provide better energy-related maritime solutions and services for its global customers."
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