Paris-based class society Bureau Veritas has classed the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier ‘Asphalt Splendor’, which was delivered to US-based Sargeant Marine last December.
The vessel was built at Avic Dingheng, China and is the first of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant.
The hot asphalt cargo can be carried liquid at temperatures of up to 170 deg C in 16 independent tanks with a total capacity of 35,666 cu m.
Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said, “The high cargo temperatures in asphalt carriers place special demands on structure, construction quality and equipment.
“Bureau Veritas is a world leader in this sector and currently classes a large number of these ships. The ‘Asphalt Splendor’ will be a state of the art vessel, with excellent environmental and operational performance. We welcome this project, which builds on our strong relationship with Sargeant Marine.”
Dan Sargeant, Sargeant Marine president, said, “It is imperative to stay ahead of the game, thinking innovatively when it comes to economics, as well as operations. We are looking forward to the second of these new vessels, also BV classed, which give us a distinct advantage in the marketplace, as there is truly nothing like this out there.”