Clipper Viking to be named

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Successful Cooperation between TNSW and MEYER WERFT Shipyard

Papenburg/Emden, 17.11.1998 - The first in a series of two gas tankers for the Norwegian shipowner Solvang ASA is today named Clipper Viking by Mrs. Melanie Tone Brun, niece of one of the partners in the shipping company. The gas tanker is being completed in cooperation between Thyssen Nordseewerke of Emden (TNSW) and the MEYER WERFT Shipyard of Papenburg. This vessel, which enabled MEYER WERFT to re-enter the newbuilding gas tanker market, has an overall length of about 146 metres, a breadth of 20.50 metres, a cargo tank volume of 12,500 cubic metres and a speed of 17 knots. In addition to ethylene the ship is able to carry vinyl chloride monomer, ammonia and propylene oxide in three bilobed tanks. The capability of carrying different liquefied gases down to a temperature of minus 104 degrees Celsius makes Clipper Viking one of the most modern tankers of its kind.

The cooperation between the two shipyards Meyer and TNSW - which are both located on the River Ems - has proven a success with regard to this newbuilding project. The first gas tanker is nearing completion in Papenburg and will be delivered in December this year whereas the keel of the second vessel has already been laid at Emden. With these two orders short-time work at Emden could be avoided at the time and MEYER WERFT succeeded in returning to gas tanker construction in spite of its full order books. The sister ship to the Clipper Viking will be completed at the Papenburg shipyard next spring for delivery to Solvang ASA in summer 1999.

Clipper Viking at a glance

Length overall 146.40 m
Length between perpendiculars 135.40 m
Breadth moulded 20.50 m
Depth to main deck 13.80 m
Draught (ethylene) 7.70 m
Draught (VCM) 9.70 m
Deadweight (VCM) 13,700 t
Cargo tank volume 12,660 m³
Main engine output 7,980 kW
Speed 18.00 kn
Crew cabins 22
Classification The ship has been built
under the survey of
Det Norske Veritas to obtain
the class notation 1 A 1
"Tanker for Liquefied Gases"
EO, Ice-1C; Independent
Tanks Type C (-104 deg.
C; s.g. 0.97, 4.5 bar g), Type 2 G