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Thun Tankers adds fifth fuel-efficient ship to intermediate tanker order

Energy efficiency and sustainability said to be 'key' part of ship development process.





Updated on 05 Sep 2017 05:23 GMT

Erik Thun AB-owned Thun Tankers has taken up the option for a fifth tanker to be added to the previously contracted four 17,500-deadweight (dwt) IMO II product/chemical tankers to be built at the Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding yard in Jiangsu, China, and delivered between 2019 and 2020.

Thun Tankers says the five ships, which are to be commercially managed by Furetank, will be built with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and new regulations as a "key" part of the development process.

In addition to the five contracted vessels, Thun Tankers, together with Furetank Rederi AB and Rederi AB Alvtank, has previously ordered another six 16,300-dwt intermediate tankers with LNG propulsion.

One of these six ships will go to Thun, three to Furetank and two to Alvtank. They are being built at the same Jiangsu yard as the aforementioned vessels and are due to be delivered between 2018 and 2020.

With the latest contracted newbuild, Erik Thun currently has 12 ships on order. As previously reported, in addition to the six Thun-owned intermediate size tankers being built, the group has contracted four 8,000-dwt tankers with LNG propulsion. These coasters will be built at Sheepswerf Ferus Smit in the Netherlands with delivery scheduled for 2018-2021.

Additionally, Thun is constructing two 6000-dwt, ice-class 1A dry cargo ships at the same Dutch yard, with delivery slated for November 2017 and February 2018.

Erik Thun is the owner of the world's first LNG-powered dry cargo ships, the MV Ireland and MV Greenland. The MV Ireland was the first vessel to be supplied with LNG at the Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander.

Also, Erik Thun recently chartered the Thun Grace on a long-term basis to UK marine gas oil (MGO) supplier Geos Group.

New 17,500 dwt tankers: Details

Delivery: From April 2019 to Jan 2020
Dwt: 17,500
Cubic: 21,000 cbm
Ice class: 1C
Cargo Heating: Yes
IMO: Type II
LOA: 149.8 m
Beam: 22.8 m
Draft: 8.5 m
Coating: Phenolic Epoxy

Image: Design of five 17,500-dwt intermediate vessels to be built for Thun Tankers.






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