Very large crude carrier FRONT CENTURY

According to The Motor Ship December 1998

The 311,000dwt double-hull VLCC FRONT CENTURY was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea, in 1998. The ship has a total of 15 cargo oil tanks: five centre oil tanks and five pairs of side cargo tanks, with a combined capacity of 336,032m3. In addition, there are two slop tanks, which were completely coated in coal tar epoxy. Cargo space is protected by water ballast tanks, consisting of double bottoms and double sides.

The cargo pumping system allows for a maximum unloading rate 15,000 m3/hr, via three main cargo pumps. Furthermore, a maximum loading rate of approximately 20,500m3 can be achieved through the manifolds.

Three grades of oil can be handled simultaneously. Three 5000m3/hr vertical centrifugal pumps, which are driven by the steam turbine, one 450m3/hr steam-driven cargo oil stripping pump and two 700m3/hr cargo oil stripping eductors make up the oil cargo handling package on board.

For tank cleaning and COW system operations, all the cargo tanks and slop tanks are fitted with programmable washing machines. All the cargo and slop tanks are fitted with an accurate radar type level gauging system.

Length, oa: 335m, Length, bp: 320m, Breadth, mld: 58m, Draft design/scantling: 20.95/22.7m, Gross tonnage: 157,976t, Deadweight design/scantling: 281,600/311,100t, Output (MCR); 25,485kW x 79 rev/min, Service speed (15% sea margin); 15.7 knots, Crew: 32.

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