The LNG dual fuel supertanker Antonis I. Angelicoussis has become the first Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) to be certified by the Green Award Foundation for its environmental performance.
The Green Award program offers incentives to ships that exceed industry standards in safety, quality, and environmental impacts, with 37 ports providing discounts on port dues for oil tankers.
The 330-meter-long and 60-meter-wide tanker is managed by Maran Tankers Management, the tanker shipping arm of Greece’s Angelicoussis Group.
The Angelicoussis Group has been participating in the Green Award program for over 27 years. In recent years three Maran Tankers managed oil tankers were certified by Green Award, as well as four LNG tankers operated by sister company Maran Gas Maritime.
The 320,916 DWT Antonis I. Angelicoussis is the first of four new LNG dual fuel sisters ships built by Samsung Heavy Industries and delivered to Maran Tankers Management earlier this year. Maran Tankers also has eight new build LNG dual fuel Suezmax tankers on order as part of its fleet expansion program.
Antonis I. Angelicoussis‘ certification includes level 1 labels for carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions.
Green Award Foundation is an independent non-profit organization governed by industry representatives. It manages a voluntary quality assessment certification scheme that inspects and certifies ships, qualifying them for financial and non-financial incentives awarded by a global network of a 180 incentive providers made up of ports, service providers and suppliers. To date, over 1,000 ships have been certified.
The organization says it acknowledges the potential of LNG to reduce emissions compared to conventional fuel oil, with the possibility of achieving net zero emissions through the use of bio- or synthetic LNG.
“For that we’ve introduced in 2022 special greenhouse gas labels to strengthen Green Award’s approach towards decarbonization and emissions reduction within our mission to recognize ships that take roles as front-runner,” it said.
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