Ardmore Shipping has taken delivery of the Ardmore Dauntless and the Ardmore Defender from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (“HMD”) in Korea. The two ships are 37,000 deadweight tonne (“DWT”) IMO 2 product and chemical tankers.
The Ardmore Dauntless was delivered to Ardmore Shipping from HMD earlier this month and the Ardmore Defender, her sister ship, was delivered today. Both vessels have been designed and built by HMD with eco-design specifications and a range of vessel modifications to deliver industry-leading standards of fuel efficiency and environmental performance. Such modifications include MAN electronic engines, Propeller Boss Cap Fin devices and high-performance hull coatings from International Paint, along with full ballast water treatment systems, supplied by Samsung Purimar.
Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore Shipping, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome the Ardmore Dauntless and the Ardmore Defender to our fleet. These vessels set the standard for eco-design quality and we are confident that both will deliver industry-leading levels of fuel efficiency, environmental performance and operational excellence, through their employment in Navig8’s Delta8 pool. Performance optimization will always be a high priority for Ardmore, irrespective of the recent fall in fuel prices, and we are committed to delivering outstanding eco-efficiency standards for our customers while maintaining the operating cost advantage that is central to our operational strategy. We have enjoyed a great partnership with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard during this newbuilding program. The outstanding build quality of the Ardmore Dauntless and the Ardmore Defender is a credit to the dedication and professionalism of all those involved in their construction.”
In common with all vessels in the Ardmore fleet, the Ardmore Dauntless and the Ardmore Defender are each equipped with the SkySails’ Performance Monitor voyage optimization system. This system provides real-time data monitoring and analysis to enable the team on the bridge and onshore to constantly optimize the operational performance of the vessel.The delivery of both vessels brings Ardmore Shipping’s total fleet in the water up to 17 vessels, all of which are modern, high-quality product and chemical tankers, with an average vessel age of five years and a combined total tonnage of 693,000 DWT.