The vessels to enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network 2019-2020
Thun Tankers, part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, has contracted four 17,500 dwt IMO II product/chemical tankers to be built at the Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Ltd in China. Furetank Chartering, responsible for the intermediate size segment in the Gothia Tanker Alliance, will commercially manage the vessels.
The Erik Thun Group has a long history of building efficient high-quality vessels. The ordered new-buildings have been carefully tailor made to meet our clients’ high demands. Focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, new regulations and customers’ needs has been key in the development process. The vessels that will be built to the absolute latest design are expected to be delivered between April 2019 and January 2020.
“In Erik Thun, we have a long history of building, owning, and operating both tankers and dry cargo ships in different sizes and with different trading areas, always with the focus on our clients’ needs. We have built and operated intermediate size product tankers in the past and are comfortable to re-enter into the intermediate segment with our new-buildings. To commercially place the vessels with our close partner Furetank was a natural decision for us”, said Anders Källsson, Managing director, Erik Thun AB.
Furetank Rederi AB, Thun Tankers and Rederi AB Älvtank have previously ordered a total of six 16,300 dwt high-quality intermediate tankers with LNG propulsion. These vessels, that currently are under construction, are being built at the same yard as the now contracted vessels.
“Thun Tankers’ new vessels will further improve the Gothia Tanker Alliance customer offering as well as our position as a provider of safe and efficient refined products transportation”, said Lars Höglund, Managing director, Furetank.
With this new contracting, the Erik Thun Group has a total of eleven new-buildings on order. In addition to five intermediate tankers, Thun has contracted four 8,000 dwt coastal tankers at Sheepswerf Ferus Smit in the Netherlands with delivery in 2018-2021. Thun are also building two ice classed dry cargo ships at the same yard with delivery later this year.
”With the investments in intermediate tankers we do not only deepen our good co-operation further with the partners in the Gothia Tanker Alliance, together with our smaller coastal tankers we can also widen our joint offering towards our customers”, said Johan Källsson, Deputy Managing director, Erik Thun AB.
Source: Thun Tankers