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Bunker-saving Stena Immortal named in digital ceremony

Ship's fuel consumption is said to be 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels.



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Updated on 19 Jan 2018 16:03 GMT

The IMOIIMAX MR tanker Stena Immortal was named in a digital ceremony in Hellerup, Denmark, on January 18.

As the vessel was not physically present in Denmark, but in Houston, where it is already in service, the issue was resolved with modern technology - using a drone to film the moment that a bottle of champagne hit the tanker's bows.

The vessel is the eighth in a series of 13 IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012, the last of which is due to be delivered at the beginning of February this year. All of the vessels have been built at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in China.

Following its delivery in September 2016, the Immortal has sailed in one of Stena Bulk's global logistic systems with a focus on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals.

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 to 20 percent lower than that of equivalent vessels when sailing at service speed, according to Stena Bulk.

The Stena Immortal is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian firm Golden Agri Resources (GAR).

Six of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four are jointly owned with GAR, two are owned by Stena Bulk's sister company Concordia Maritime and one in partnership with Stena Weco. All the IMOIIMAX tankers are to be operated by Stena Weco, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.






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