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Gothia Tanker Alliance partners contract four LNG dual-fuel vessels

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The Gothia Tanker Alliance has released a statement claiming that three of its partners – Furetank Rederi AB, Rederi AB Älvtank, and Thun Tankers BV – have recently contracted four new vessels. Furetank has contracted two vessels, whilst Älvtank and Thun Tankers have contracted one each.

The vessels were designed by Furetank and FKAB to have a minimal environmental impact. They will have a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 50%; will fulfil the Tier III rules; have dual-fuel LNG propulsion; and consume LNG in port. This will include LNG for inert gas production; power production with floating frequency; battery backup for every crucial feature that minimises the use of the auxiliary engines; ballast water cleaning system installed; ice class 1A and an Alternative Propulsion System.

The vessels will be built by Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Ltd, and are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019. Furetank Chartering will manage them commercially.

Lars Höglund, the CEO of Furetank Rederi AB, said: “It has been very interesting and developing for Furetank together with FKAB to create a design for future product/chemical tankers. These vessels will be designed to meet all known future demands both from governments, the industry and from our customers.”

Christian Nilsson, the CEO of Rederi AB Älvtank, said: “In Älvtank, one of our goals is to provide the customers with high performing vessels. We know that these vessels, with the latest technology, will be effective, high performing and environmental efficient.”

Anders Källsson, the CEO of Erik Thun AB, said: “We in Erik Thun have always had a high focus on cost awareness and resource efficiency that translates into modern environmental care. Having built the world’s first dry cargo vessels that use LNG as a fuel is an example of that. Therefore, we are convinced that these vessels will contribute to provide the best logistical and most environmental friendly transport solution to our customers.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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