The Felicity is a double hull Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) with a diesel engine that was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding Yards in Okpo, South Korea. First ordered on November 1, 1997, the keel was laid nearly two years later on October 11, 1999. Three months after that, the launching date arrived followed by the first movement on March 23, 2000.
Possessing a length from bow to bridge of 923 feet, a breadth of 190 feet and a draft of 68 feet, the currently Panama-flagged Felicity began its operations as the Ulan before a name change in 2006 to BW Ulan. That name was then changed to Lycothea before adopting its current moniker the following year. The ship’s deadweight capacity is 157,667 tons and its gross tonnage is 81,427 tons.
Undoubtedly, one of the key reasons for the most recent name change was because the Lycothea became embroiled in an international political controversy in early 2013. The ship, along with seven other VLCC’s, were found to have been purchased by a Greek businessman. That individual, Dimitris Cambis, then reportedly used them on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) to circumvent international sanctions that had been imposed on the country for violations within its nuclear program development.
In September 2016, the Felicity was chartered by BP to load crude oil from the Eagle Stavanger in Galveston, Texas. The reason for such a move was because of the fact that American ports are unable to load oil onto its largest tankers. Given the massive size, the ship was then forced to bypass the Panama Canal and eventually made it to Malaysia, before then stopping off in Thailand. The overall effort was part of BP’s approach to help satisfy the ravenous oil appetite of the entire Asian market.