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Thun Tankers orders second product tanker; enters agreement with UK bunker supplier

14 May 2020

Northern European short sea shipping specialist Thun Tankers BV on Wednesday (13 May) said it has placed an order for an additional second 4,250 deadweight tonne product tanker. 

The aforementioned tanker is expected to be delivered in May 2022 and like her previously ordered sister vessel enter into a long-term agreement with UK-based marine gas oil (MGO) supplier Geos Group Ltd. 

The vessels are built with the “Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground” (NAABSA) design and be able to call at tidal restricted niche ports. 

Thun says its long experience of building resource efficient, high quality vessels has been used in the design process. 

Focus has been placed on maximising the vessel’s cargo intake and increasing in-port performance; with the scope to allow further increased cargo lot sizes going into restricted niche ports, it added.

Resource efficiency, new regulations and environmental care has also been a key focus in the development of the new vessel. 

The two new-buildings are being built by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. in the Netherlands, with whom the Erik Thun Group has a longstanding relationship. 

The shipyard has previously built more than 35 vessels for the Erik Thun Group. 

“With two high quality NaabsaMAX size tankers we can offer increased flexibility in this niche segment,” said Joakim Lund, CCO, Thun Tankers BV.

“These tankers will be built to the absolute latest design, enabling Geos Group Ltd. and their clients access to the most efficient and sustainable transport solution available in this segment.“ 

“We always strive to meet our customers’ various demands with tailor made solutions,” added Johan Källsson, Managing Director, Erik Thun AB.

“In these special times, we are especially happy to be able to deliver on that promise with a purpose built tanker for our close partner Geos Group Ltd.” 

”As a company we are very confident that our long term partnership with Thun Tankers BV will provide us with a fleet of versatile tankers to carry on providing our clients with the service that is required,” said Barry Newton, Managing Director, Geos Group Ltd.

“To have two NaabsaMAX vessels at our disposal will mean that we are able to grow our position in the market and continue to provide shipping solutions that make us more versatile for our customers, offering flexibility and access to niche ports around the UK, as well as ensuring our fleet is current and at the forefront of design.” 

Thun Tankers BV shared the following new tanker details: 

Delivery NaabsaMAX 1 November 2020
Delivery NaabsaMAX 2 May 2022
Dwt 4,250 MT
Cubic (98%) 4,800 m3
Cargo Heating Yes
IMO Type II
LoA 79.9 m
Beam 15 m
Coating Jotun Flexline

Photo credit: Thun Tankers
Published: 14 May, 2020

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