Belgian tanker owner Euronav is implementing a fleet-wide rollout of compatriot vessel performance start-up Toqua’s voyage optimisation system that they say can more than double fuel savings in comparison to traditional ship-performance models.

The fleet-wide deal has followed extensive tests of Toqua’s Ship Kernels system on one of Euronav’s VLCC tankers over 16 voyages, spanning four trades in both directions and different seasons.

The tests were carried out in two pilot projects over the past two years and led to the fleet-wide installation deal that will be completed this year, irrespective of the tanker giant’s takeover battle with Frontline.