Owners China Merchants Energy Shipping and China Shipbuilding Trading Company have taken delivery of the first VLCC tanker built in China with four 40-metre rigid wing sails.

The 307,000-dwt tanker New Aden has been named after its launch at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC).

The wind propulsion sails are expected to cut average fuel consumption by nearly 10% on the Middle East to Far East route cutting an estimated 2,900 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, said the China Classification Society (CCS) which classed the vessel.