Concordia Maritime’s IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Image named in Guangzhou
Concordia Maritime’s first chemical and product tanker based on the IMOIIMAX concept, the Stena Image, was named at the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in Guangzhou last Thursday. The vessel is a 50,000 dwt MR tanker and is a further development of a well-established and successful concept offering high cargo flexibility and low fuel consumption, the company said in its press release.
“The delivery of the Stena Image marks the beginning of a new era for Concordia Maritime. We already have a high-quality and well-balanced fleet, but with the addition of the IMOIIMAX vessels, which are the next generation of chemical and product tankers, our offer will be even more sophisticated and attractive in tomorrow’s exciting product tanker market”, says Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, in a comment.
“The IMOIIMAX concept is based on what is already a well-established commercial reality where there is now an even greater focus on cargo flexibility and lower energy consumption, two factors that are a guarantee for both commercial and technical success”, adds Kim Ullman.
Stena Teknik together with the shipyard GSI have implemented a large number of innovative solutions that have, among other things, enabled fuel consumption, when sailing at service speed, to be reduced 10-20% compared with other vessels of the same size. Additionally, the vessels have 18 different tanks of 3,000 cbm each so that they can transport full IMO2 cargoes and combine both vegetable oils, chemicals and petroleum products. This results in very logistic flexibility.
Another sister vessel and Concordia Maritime-owned tanker, the Stena Important, is expected to be delivered in October 2015. The order for the two IMOIIMAX tankers was placed in 2012 and represents a total investment of approx. MUSD 78. Both IMOIIMAX tankers will sail in Stena Weco’s global logistics systems, which already employ some 60 vessels.