Thun Tankers, part of the Swedish shipping company Erik thun Group, said it ordered a second 4,250-deadweight product tanker from Dutch shipbuilder Scheepswerf Ferus Smit, sceduled for delivery in May 2022.
The newbuild, together with its previously ordered sister ship due in November this year, will be operated under long-term charter with U.K.-based Geos Group.
Both 79.9-meter vessels will be built with NAABSA design (Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground), meaning they’ll be able to call tidal restricted niche ports. Each ship will have 4,800-cubic-meter capacity and Jotun Tankguard Flexline cargo tank coating.
“We always strive to meet our customers’ various demands with tailor made solutions. 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.,” said Johan Källsson, Managing Director, Erik Thun AB
“With two high-quality NaabsaMAX size tankers we can offer increased flexibility in this niche segment. These tankers will be built to the absolutely latest design, enabling Geos Group Ltd. and their clients access to the most efficient and sustainable transport solution available in this segment,” said Joakim Lund, CCO, Thun Tankers BV.
Barry Newton, Managing Director, Geos Group, said, “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 U.K., as well as ensuring our fleet is current and at the forefront of design.”