Bureau Veritas Classes World’s Largest Specially-Built Asphalt Carrier

Leading classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to US-based Sargeant Marine. The vessel was built at Avic Dingheng, China and is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant.

The hot asphalt can be carried liquid at temperatures up to 170 deg C in sixteen 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, says, “The high cargo temperatures in asphalt carriers place special demands on structure, construction quality and equipment.

Credits: Bureau Veritas
Credits: Bureau Veritas

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, President, Sargeant Marine, says, “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.”

Key dimensions:

DWT 37,000 tonnes

Length overall: 179.90 m

Breadth: 30.60 m

Depth 16.80 m

Cargo arrangement/systems: 16 independent tanks with a total cargo capacity of 35.666 cu m.

Three cargo pumps 500 cu m/h each

Propulsion plant: 1 x Wartsila 5RT-flex 6.400 kW at 99 rpm

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