Aurora Spirit was launched from SHI’s G3 floating dock in
late March, less than two years after SHI and Teekay signed the two-unit
contract in July 2017.
The ship is now set to receive the LNG tank, various VOC
equipment and the BLS module before starting sea trials later this year.
Following the first contract from 2017, Teekay exercised
further options bringing the total number of shuttle tankers on order to four.
Teekay said the new tanker design would reduce emissions and
fuel consumption. The 130,000 dwt vessels will operate on both liquefied
natural gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, and a mixture of LNG and recovered
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as secondary fuel.
The E-Shuttle has battery packs for flexible power
distribution and blackout prevention. According to the company, it reduces
bunkering requirement and CO2 emissions by approx. 50%’ instead of ‘annual
emission reduction potential is estimated at up to 42%, with fuel consumption
reduced by up to 22% compared to traditional shuttle tankers.
Upon delivery, the newbuilds will join Teekay Offshore’s
Contract of Affreightment (CoA) fleet in the North Sea.