The brand new 6,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel chemical tanker Lady Maria Fisher has arrived at the docks for a service call following her maiden voyage from Vietnam to Europe, carrying a cargo of vegetable oil which will be processed into bio-diesel fuel.

Lady Maria Fisher was built and launched at China Merchants Jinling (CMJL) shipyard in Yangzhou, China.

The tanker will join her sister vessel Sir John Fisher in the James Fisher Group. The ship will be traded by James Fisher Everard alongside its existing fleet.

Equipped with highly efficient dual-fuel engines, both tankers are able to run on liquified natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner alternative to conventional marine gasoil.

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The two vessels also incorporate innovations in design and construction technology to further enhance hydrodynamic performance, to improve operational efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve local air quality.

Their extensive, centralised waste heat recovery systems also help to minimise GHG emissions.

Each vessel is capable of achieving a 45 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, in addition to a 93 per cent reduction in NOx and 45 per cent reduction in SOx.

The Group said: “The vessels will reduce the fleet’s overall GHG emissions and will also help customers looking to contribute to sustainability improvements.”