Greek shipowner Tsakos revealed yesterday that took delivery of the LNG-powered aframax tanker, Njord DF, the first in a series of four high-spec eco designed vessels built against long-term employment to a major European state-owned oil concern.

The shipowner Nikolas Tsakos, founder of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN), didn’t reveal any further information about the name of the charterer.

TEN expects the gross revenues from this four-vessel industrial program to reach $520 million should all extension options get exercised.

The delivery of this vessel is part of the company’s existing green growth program with nine remaining vessels expected to be gradually introduced to TEN’s fleet over the next ten quarters.

“The 10-green vessel newbuilding program of Tsakos Energy Navigation is on track,” the shipowner noted.

TEN’s diversified energy fleet currently consists of 68 double-hull vessels, including four dual-fuel LNG powered aframax vessels, two DP2 shuttle tankers, two scrubber-fitted suezmax vessels and two scrubber-fitted MR product tankers under construction, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and LNG carriers, totaling 8.4 million dwt.

“We are both excited and honored to take on-board such a high-end green vessel against long term employment to a globally renowned environmentally sensitive group. The choice of TEN to build and operate such state-of-the-art vessels is a testament to the Company’s experience and operational excellence in not only optimally operating modern vessels over the decades but also in efficiently managing the construction phase while safeguarding a timely delivery,” said George Saroglou, President & COO of TEN.

“We look forward to welcoming the second such vessel in the next few weeks while maintaining TEN’s fleet modernity and green transition going forward,” Mr. Saroglou concluded.