Navig8 reveals details as ‘eco’ MR vessels at yard New Times begins to hit water

Global pools manager and shipowner Navig8 is speaking out upon delivery of the first of six “eco” MRs vessels from New Times Shipbuilding.

Navig8 has welcomed under its ownership the 2024-built “Navig8 Excel” of 50,000 dwt, the first of six newbuild MR vessels, due for delivery by 2025 from New Times Shipbuilding.

According to Navig8, all six vessels are installed with an air lubrication system (ALS) from Marine Technology Solutions, and an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) to remove sulphur, otherwise known as a scrubber.

The vessels will join the Navig8 Gamma8 pool and will be technically managed by Suntech Maritime.

ALS technology employs a continuous stream of air bubbles to reduce friction and drag between the vessel and the water.

As Navig8 claims, during recent sea trials of the “Navig8 Excel”, the ALS system resulted in proven efficiencies in fuel consumption and a power gain of 6.89% MT/day. Meanwhile, the model of EGCS fitted on the MRs has been certified to reduce sulphur emissions to below 0.1%.

Furthermore, Navig8 employs the Shipwatch platform to oversee the performance of its ships.

As informed, all vessels will integrate a CII monitoring system directly connected to the Shipwatch platform.

Gary Brocklesby, chairman of Navig8, said: “These MR vessels are fully equipped with emission-reducing technologies and intelligence tools that enable the comprehensive collection and analysis of numerous data points related to our operations. This integrated approach empowers us to achieve significant enhancements in efficiencies and lessen the environmental impact of our operations.”