The R class crude oil tankers represent a core element of the BP Shipping fleet.
The R class have names handed down through BP Shipping’s proud 100 year history. This is a long-standing BP Shipping tradition with certain R class vessels having up to four predecessors of 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. They typically carry crude oil or dirty products and operate worldwide.
At the time of delivery, the R class were among the most technologically advanced tankers in the world and the most fuel efficient for their size and power.
BP operates these ships with its own crews and provisions.
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The Cloud class vessels are amongst the most technologically advanced tankers in the world and the most fuel efficient for their size and power
These vessels possess the flexibility to adapt to multiple worldwide trades; clean or dirty, long haul or short haul, East and West hemisphere
The R class are Aframax tankers ‘AFRA’ (Average Freight Rate Assessment) and typically carry crude oil or dirty products