Samsung Heavy Industries has completed delivery of the first of three Suzemax shuttle tankers destined for offshore operations in Canada. The 155,000 DWT Beothuk Spirit was delivered on 25 October to Teekay Offshore Partners, a division of the multi-national Teekay tanker, offshore and gas company, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Beothuk Spirit is the first of Teekay's three newbuild shuttle tankers set to operate on Canada's east coast. Sister vessel Norse Spirit is scheduled for delivery in November 2017, followed by Dorset Spirit in early 2018.
Although generally classified as a crude oil tankers, shuttle tankers are to normal tankers like starships to skateboards; some differences are obvious, like higher superstructure to provide visibility over bow loading housing, but many more are hidden. In this case, there are no less than 6 propellers (plus extensive control system) taking care of the vessel's dynamic positioning capabilities: one variable pitch propulsion propeller, one tunnel thruster aft, one azimuth thruster aft, one tunnel thruster forward, and two azimuth thrusters forward.