Orca Tank technology
The Orca Tank Technology allows IMO I and II Chemical tankers to be fitted with lightweight, independent, insulated, cylindrical cargo tanks. The development of an independent tank for chemical tankers has been the holy grail for many chemical tanker owners. Up till now a chemical tanker with independent cargo tanks has been both technologically as well as economically unfeasible. With the Orca Tank Technology it is now possible to build a chemical tanker with independent cargo tanks for about the same costs, while having the same capacities as a conventional tanker. This brings the many advantages of an independent cargo tank within reach of the ship owner, while leaving behind the many disadvantages of the conventional parcel tanker.
With two ships already sailing with independent vertical cylindrical tanks we now have more than 25 years of experience with this concept. Recently two tanker designs (5.500 DWT and +30.000 DWT) have been awarded with an Approval In Principle from Bureau Veritas with no limitations on the cargoes to be carried. We are now able to show ship owners that the technology can be used on IMO 1 and IMO 2 chemical tankers.
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The Orca Technology gives the ship owner the following advantages over conventional chemical tankers:
The Orca Technology allows the ship owner to operate a chemical tanker at lower costs and with a higher revenue. For example a 6.000 DWT chemical tanker on a standard trade can expect improved results of over $ 500.000,- per year should it be fitted with Orca Technology tanks.
Basic workings of the Orca Technology
The Orca Technology allows the installation of lightweight, vertical cylindrical tanks by decoupling the tanks from the ships deformations. The cylindrical shape of the tank has an inherent strength for the carriage of fluid cargo, however it is unsuitable for ship induced deformations without heavy reinforcements in its structure. By decoupling the tank from the ship, the Orca Technology allows for a lightweight cylindrical tank to be used on board a ship without having any detrimental effects from the ships deformations.
Tanks with the Orca technology are characterized by the following features: