In an impressive ceremony at the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International), Stena Bulk christened two IMOIIMAX tankers, ‘Stena Imperator’ and ‘Stena Imprimis’.
The vessels were number 11 and 12 of a series of 13 identical IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by the Swedish tanker shipping company. Both 50,000 dwt vessels, feature a length of 183 meters and a beam of 32 meters. The two tankers will be operated by Stena Bulk’s Product and Chemical Operation and will sail in its global logistics system, which currently employs some 60 vessels.
The company will receive the Stena Imperator next week whereas the Stena Imprimis is expected to be handed over in a couple of months. The final IMOIIMAX tanker will be delivered in January 2018.
Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk, said, “We are now approaching the final delivery of our large order consisting of 13 IMOIIMAX tankers. We are very proud of and satisfied with our fleet, which now consists of ten units in operation. Both the technical and the commercial concept have proved to be very successful.”
Out of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers, 6 are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, 4 jointly with Singapore’s palm oil company Golden Agri Resources (GAR), 2 by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and 1 in partnership with Weco.