CLEANBU carries jet fuel for first time

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 02 June 2020

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Barracuda, the second in Klaveness’ fleet of CLEANBU combination carriers, last week successfully completed the first voyage carrying a part cargo of jet fuel to Korea after discharging her previous cargo of soya beans in China in early May. After discharging the soya bean cargo, Barracude went through a thorough cleaning, conversion and meticulous inspections prior to loading jet fuel in Japan.

This first successful switching from dry cargo to jet fuel, the CPP cargo with the strictest requirements in terms of tank cleanliness, demonstrates the CLEANBUs’ ability to safely and efficiently switch from dry cargo to the most demanding tanker cargo.

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CLEANBUs are a design of vessel developed by the Norwegian ship operator that are able to convert from a LR1 product tanker to a Kamsarmax bulk carrier. Baru, the first of the type was delivered in January 2019 and Barracuda in July last year. A third vessel – Barramundi – was delivered in September and five other newbuildings are at various stages of construction at Jiangsu Newyangzi Shipbuilding’s yard in China.

This cargo switching is another example of the substantial value of the CLEANBU concept in terms of efficiency gains and carbon emissions reductions. Prior to loading soya beans cargo in Brazil, Barracuda discharged a cargo of diesel in Argentina, cleaned and switched mode into dry bulk before loading soya beans.

Her total ballast efforts from discharge port in Argentina to loading port in Brazil were about 4 days, while the typical standard bulk carrier would sail empty from Asia, typical 30-40 days. This saves around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 for the cargo of soya beans.

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