The TI class of supertankers comprises the ships TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe and TI Oceania (all names as of July 2004), where the "TI" refers to the VLCC tanker pool operator Tankers International. The class were the first ULCCs (ultra-large crude carriers) to be built in 25 years.
Hellespont Alhambra (later TI Asia) in U.S. waters on her maiden voyage 16 May 2002, with nearly 440,000 tons of crude oil.
|Builders:||Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Okpo-dong, South Korea|
|General characteristics |
|Type:||Ultra Large Crude Carrier|
|Length:||380 m (1,246 ft 9 in) o/a|
|Beam:||68 m (223 ft 1 in)|
|Draught:||24.5 m (80 ft 5 in)|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph) (laden)|
|Capacity:||3,166,353 barrels (503,409,900 L)|
The previous largest ship, the supertanker Seawise Giant, was scrapped in 2010.
All four oil tankers were constructed for shipping company Hellespont Group by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Okpo, South Korea, entering service between March 2002 and April 2003. The ships were originally named Hellespont Alhambra, Hellespont Fairfax, Hellespont Metropolis and Hellespont Tara.
In 2004, Belgian shipowner Euronav NV and partners purchased all four ships. Hellespont Fairfax, Hellespont Tara, Hellespont Alhambra and Hellespont Metropolis were renamed TI Oceania, TI Europe, TI Asia and TI Africa respectively 
Hellespont Metropolis cost $89 million in 2002, requiring 700,000 man-hours of direct labor.
The class, each ship powered by a single HSD-Sulzer 9RTA84T-D delivering 50,220 brake horsepower (37,450 kW) at 76 rpm , possesses a relatively high service speed (16.5 knots, 30.6 km/h laden, 17.5 knots, 32.4 km/h in ballast), which increases their earning capacity. The steel scantlings are greater than the class minimum.
The coatings in the ballast tanks are protected by two features, a full-time double-scrubbing system supplying drier inert gas to the ballast tanks, and also by the white painted upper hull reflecting the sun’s energy. The inert gas system also increases safety. Keeping down the cargo temperatures also minimizes hydrocarbon emissions.
In 2009 and 2010, TI Asia and TI Africa were converted into sophisticated floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessels, moored off the coast of Qatar in the Persian Gulf at the Al Shaheen Oil Field. The extensive conversions were carried out by EuroNav and Overseas Shipholding Group at Drydocks World – Dubai.
In 2017, TI Europe was chartered by Statoil and converted to a FSO vessel, moored at Port of Kuala Sungai Linggi in Malaysia. In 2019, it was announced that TI Oceania would be converted to a FSO vessel and moored off the coast of Singapore.
|1||FSO Asia (effective November 2009)
TI Asia (effective July 2004)
Hellespont Alhambra (effective March 2002)
|9224752||March 2002||In service||TI Asia Ltd
|FSO located Al Shaheen oilfield|
|2||FSO Africa (effective March 2010)
TI Africa (effective July 2004)
Hellespont Metropolis (effective June 2002)
|9224764||June 2002||In service||TI Africa Ltd
|FSO located Al Shaheen oilfield|
|3||TI Europe (effective July 2004)
Hellespont Tara (effective November 2002)
|9235268||November 2002||In service||Euronav NV||FSO located Port of Kuala Sungai Linggi|
|4||Overseas Laura Lynn (effective March 2015)
TI Oceania (effective July 2004)
Hellespont Fairfax (effective April 2003)
|9246633||April 2003||In service||Oceania Tanker Corp
|As of September 2019[update], FSO pending, to be located off the coast of Singapore.|
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