Tokyo - November 8, 2021

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. delivered today the TATESHINA (Kawasaki hull no. 8061, NACKS hull no. NE325), a very large crude oil carrier (VLCC), for WILLOW SHIPHOLDING S.A.

The vessel was delivered at the Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS) shipyard, which is located in Nantong, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited.

VLCC "Tateshina".   Image by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

Principal particulars and features of the vessel are as described below.


1. Kawasaki's new VLCC replaces the conventional bulbous bow with a newly designed bow form that extends the vessel's length at the waterline. This new design greatly reduces wave-making resistance from bow waves during navigation, enabling greater propulsive performance.

2. The use of a low-speed, ultra-long-stroke main engine together with a high-efficiency, large-diameter propeller provides low fuel consumption.

3. The main engine and generator are equipped with a Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) System, an exhaust gas purification system to reduce NOx, which allows the ship to navigate in Emission Control Area (ECA).

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. press release