Naming ceremony for fuel-saving Stena Bulk ship
13 Jan 2017 17:21 GMT
|The Stena Immaculate's fuel consumption is said to be 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels.|
| The Stena Immaculate, the ninth of 13 IMOIIMAX MR tankers, was named in a ceremony on 10th January. The vessel is owned by Stena Bulk.|
The naming ceremony took place at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in Guangzhou - from where the vessel is scheduled to be delivered within the next few days. The new chemical and product tanker has a length of 183 metres, a beam of 32 metres and a deadweight of 50,000 tons.
The IMOIIMAX concept is designed to carry IMO 2 and 3 cargoes as well as clean and dirty products. The vessels are all equipped with 18 cargo tanks, each with a maximum capacity of 3,000 cubic metres, as well as a nitrogen-based inert gas system. The technical design of the IMOIIMAX was developed by Stena Teknik in collaboration with GSI.
The vessel is said to offer several advantages, including cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and a reduced fuel consumption - 10-20 percent lower than that of equivalent vessels when sailing at service speed, according to Stena Bulk.
The delivery of the tenth IMOIIMAX tanker, the Stena Impeccable, is expected to take place in March 2017. The remaining three vessels are scheduled to be delivered by 2018.
Five of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four are jointly owned with Golden Agri Resources (GAR), two are owned by Stena Bulk's sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco. All the IMOIIMAX tankers are to be operated by Stena Weco.
"Almost exactly two years have passed since the delivery of our first IMOIIMAX tanker and the vessels are continuing to perform beyond our expectations. The concept has set a new standard for both cargo efficiency and bunker consumption. With number nine of the13 vessels on order soon out on the market, this tanker will be yet another addition to our high-quality fleet," said Erik Hanell, president and CEO of Stena Bulk.