The chemical and product tanker Stena Imperative has now been delivered from the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME) in Guangzhou.
The IMOIIMAX tanker is equivalent in size to a 50,000 dwt MR tanker. The vessel is equipped with 18 tanks, each with a capacity of 3,000 m3, and can carry both vegetable oils and chemicals such as oil and petroleum products. Thanks to their innovative technical design, the IMOOIIMAX tankers have extra large cargo flexibility, high safety and low fuel consumption. The naming ceremony will be held in Hong Kong on 26 January 2016.
Stena Imperative, which is wholly owned by Stena Bulk, is the fifth in a series of ten tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012. The first four vessels were delivered in 2015 and the remaining five will be delivered by 2017.
“From the beginning, we had great expectations when it came to function and results since IMOIIMAX is a further development of an established and successful concept. Now, after a year in operation, it is clear that the vessels have met all our expectations in terms of both technical and commercial performance”, says a satisfied Erik Hånell, CEO of Stena Bulk.
In November last year, Stena Bulk placed a further order for the same vessel type, this time for three tankers with an option on a further two. Delivery of the first of these is planned for the end of 2017.
All the IMOIIMAX tankers will sail in Stena Weco’s global logistics system, which currently employs about 60 vessels.
Stena Teknik and the shipyard CSSC OME were jointly responsible for the technical development of the IMOIIMAX concept. The innovative design of the IMOIIMAX tankers means that, among other things, their fuel consumption at service speed is 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels.