French classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to US-based transport company Sargeant Marine.
Asphalt Splendor can carry hot liquid asphalt at temperatures up to 170 degrees C in sixteen independent tanks with a total capacity of 35,666 cum.
“The high cargo temperatures in asphalt carriers place special demands on structure, construction quality and equipment,” Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said.
Featuring a length of 179.90 meters and a breadth of 30.6 meters, the vessel, built at Avic Dingheng, China, is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant.
“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,” Dan Sargeant, President, Sargeant Marine, said.