The R class are the first vessels to be delivered under the BP Shipping fleet rejuvenation project. From concept design in 2012 through to delivery in 2016, these vessels are the first newbuild tankers delivered in BP Shipping’s second century. The R class have names recycled from BP Shipping’s proud 100 year history. This is an honorary BP Shipping tradition; indeed certain R class vessels have had up to four predecessors by the same name. The first-in-class is named after one of BP’s core values; Respect.
The R class are Aframax tankers. ‘AFRA’ is an acronym for ‘Average Freight Rate Assessment’ and denotes a category of crude oil tankers that can economically transport a significant amount of cargo from 80,000 to 120,000 tonnes deadweight. The R class are in the upper region of this range at 109,584 tonnes deadweight and have been optimised for key BP trades. The R class will typically carry crude oil or dirty products and will operate worldwide.
At the time of delivery, the R class will be amongst the most technologically advanced tankers in the world and the most fuel efficient for their size and power. They were designed with BP Shipping’s core principles in mind clean seas, safe ships and commercial success, and have embedded many operating lessons learned from the BP Shipping fleet and industry best practice.
The R class were constructed at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Jinhae, South Korea, flagged with the Isle of Man (Douglas as port of registry and classed with Lloyds Register classification society). BP operates these ships with its own crews and provisions.