Aurora Spirit is the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel e-shuttle tanker and the cleanest vessel.

Built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in close cooperation with Wärtsilä Corporation (WRTAF), the 130,000dwt tanker is the first of six new-generation e-shuttle tankers being developed for Altera Infrastructure LP (formerly Teekay Offshore).

The ship offers improved energy efficiency and environmentally friendly options to improve its operational capabilities. It has been hailed as a pioneering vessel due to its flexible utilisation of different energy sources ensuring efficient operation.

Research and development for the e-shuttles began in 2016 and the company placed an initial order for two Suezmax-size, DP2 shuttle tankers in July 2017. An order was placed for two more tankers in November 2017. The vessels will join the company’s fleet in the North Sea.

The steel cutting ceremony for the Aurora Spirit next-generation tanker was held at SHI’s Geoje Shipyard in South Korea in July 2018. The vessel was launched from Samsung’s G3 floating dock in March 2019 and was delivered to Altera Infrastructure in January 2021.

Aurora Spirit design and features

The ship’s design is based on Wärtsila’s Smart Marine approach, which creates a connected ecosystem to optimise the safe transportation of goods and people with reduced waste and increased efficiency.

The Aurora Spirit vessel has a length of 177m, beam of 46m and draft of 16.5m. Its gross tonnage is 90,000t while the vessel can carry 137,500m³ of liquid cargo.

The ship performance monitoring system on board the tanker ensures smooth running. The tanker is equipped with battery packs for flexible power distribution and the prevention of blackouts.