- Generally they are conventional tankers equipped to be moored to a discharge buoy at deep sea
- Load their cargo directly from the oil field, where it is stored in reservoirs, where generally the sulphur is removed.
- Require a great maneuvering capability in comparison with the traditional tankers, and generally are equipped with dynamic positioning systems.
- Can be easily identified by the raised compartment at the bow and ramp to handle the cargo hose.
- Typically, a shuttle tanker as DW ~ 120,000 t and a service speed of about 16 knots, higher that conventional tankers.
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