UK’s largest independent bunker fuel supplier Geos Group on Thursday (3 September) said its new vessel for long-term charter was officially named and launched on 31 August, in an international online event that honoured all the rituals of a traditional ship christening ceremony.
“These ships are built to maximise the intake for our client, when calling into restricted niche ports. The vessel will be able to carry more cargo into these ports than any other vessels have ever done before,” said Joakim Lund, CCO of the ship owner Thun Tankers, onsite at the ceremony in Germany
“Today is an important day for the shipyard and the ship owner. The next generation NaabsaMAX vessel will be launched – such a launching is sideways, which is always very exciting, so I hope you will enjoy this day,” added Ferus Smit, CEO of the shipyard.
Shipyard staff at the water’s edge could be seen knocking away metal supports and untying the ropes keeping the Thun Blyth on dry land, said the company.
“Ferus Smit has done a fantastic job in getting the Thun Blyth ready on time, and we look forward to her joining our fleet later in the year,” said Barry Newton, Managing Director of Geos Group, speaking on the banks of the River Thames in the UK, close to the company’s head office in Henley.
“She complements our existing services, and we believe that there will be some great commercial opportunities, as well as helping to service our ongoing shipping requirements.”
The vessel was then christened by her God Mother, Barry’s wife Victoria Newton, who said: “I name this vessel the Thun Blyth. May she, and all who sail in her, stay safe and well.”
Newton then swung the traditional champagne bottle into the air in the UK, and the film showed it smashing into pieces against the ship’s hull in Germany.
The Thun Blyth was then slipped off her berth sideways and the 4,250 DWT vessel entered the water for the first time, with an almighty splash, reported Geos Group.
A video recording of the ceremony can be found here.
Photo credit: Geos Group
Published: 7 September, 2020
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