from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. very large crude (oil) carrier

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  • abbr. very large crude carrier (the second largest category of crude carrier or oil tanker)


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  • The proposed pipeline would link the Alberta oil sands to the port of Kitimat, which would be served by ships known as VLCC's, or very large crude carriers, of up to 320,000 deadweight tons.

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  • There are few big players in the market such as VLCC and Kaya but not many so still lot of untapped customer base is present.

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  • Third, in recent years, potential competitors such as VLCC and Kaya Skin Clinic have increasingly roped-in celebrities from the fashion and cinema world as brand-endorsers.

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  • While the beauty and wellness product segment comprises of established players such as VLCC, Kaya Skin Clinic, L'Oréal, Forest Essentials,

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  • A profiling of the market players and underlying competitive dynamics reflects that only a few players such as VLCC and Kaya Skin Clinic offer a broad range of wellness and fitness products / services.

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  • The founders of privately-held slimming centers and wellness chain, VLCC Healthcare, are in talks with buyout firms including Apax Partners, Bain Capital and TPG Capital to sell a controlling stake in the company, atleast two people directly involved in the negotiations said on condition of anonymity.

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  • Such ships cost about $600 million apiece, more than five times the cost of a typical VLCC.

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  • Yet it did nothing to dissuade them from pouring hundreds of millions into the tankers at anchor oil speculative trades whereby VLCC super tankers were chartered to sit at anchor months at a time filled to the brim with crude oil tying up hundreds of millions of dollars badly needed by a desperately sinking economy.

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  • In December, the company chartered a very large crude carrier, or VLCC, called the Athenian Success to store as much as 2.2 million barrels in the Mediterranean Sea, according to shipbrokers and traders in Singapore and London.

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  • However, based on the ship's draft, which can be used to measure the weight of cargo onboard, the VLCC is still half empty, shipbrokers say.

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