Delivered to Wah Kwong Shipping, Hong Kong on September 8, 2004, by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the 318,000 dwt VLCC Ardenne Venture has one continuous freeboard deck from stem to stern with sunken deck-type stem deck, transverse bulkheads and four longitudinal bulkheads in way of the cargo space. Special attention has been paid to the ship's maneuverability, resulting in a large rudder being fitted.
Ardenne Venture is designed to carry three grades of cargo simultaneously, handled by three steam turbine cargo pumps, each delivering 5,000 m3/hr and housed in a pump room at the forward of engine room. The cargo and ballast valve control systems arc hydraulic medium pressure.
The cargo and ballast control systems of the ship arc electro-hydraulically operated. Cargo control and monitoring covers ullage measurement, operation of pumps, inert gas systems with manual control also available. Radar beam type level gauges have been fitted to cargo tanks, with electro-pneumatic type level gauges used in the ballast tanks.
The ship is of double bottom, double hull construction with five center cargo oil tanks, five pairs of side cargo oil tanks, one pair of slop tanks and water ballast tanks surrounding the cargo oil tanks.
Service speed is 16.1 knots.
Ardenne Venture at-a-glance ;
Length OA : 333.0 m
Length BP : 319.0 m
Breadth (molded): 60.0 m
Depth (molded): 30.4 m
Scantling draft (molded): 22.5 m
Design draft (molded:) 21.0 m
Main propulsion: Hyundai MAN B&W 6S90MC-C, developing 29346 kW @76 rpm.
3 Cargo Separations, 5 Centre Tanks, 10 Wing Tanks, 3 Cargo Manifolds,
Maximum operating capacity of cargo pumps is 15,000 t/hr.