Zero-emissions loading capacity for Utkilen chemical tanker

Bergen-based shipping company Utkilen took delivery of the third of a series of four ice-class chemical tankers from Avic Dingheng shipyard on 15 May.

The 10,500dwt Saltstraum is 130 metres long, and 19.7 metre beam. The vessel’s main engines have been designed for use of natural gas (LNG) as fuel, and the ships can also be fitted with battery propulsion in the future. Compared with equivalent older ships, Saltstraum will have 30% lower Co2 emission, and NOx emissions will be 80% lower.

In common with sister vessels Mostraum and Vikstraum, the ice class 1A vessel is designed to be highly versatile, with 14 different duplex stainless steel cargo tanks, all fitted with Framo pumps.

The pumps are central to the vessels’ flexibility. The ships are designed for high capacity loading and discharging for fast turnaround time in port and efficient tank cleaning processes. Saltstraum also features the capacity to operate zero-emission operations when at quay. These are the first vessels of their type that allow for both loading and unloading operations using shore power.

The vessel is also the 4,000th vessel worldwide in operation with Framo pumps on board.

“We are incredibly proud to take delivery of these newbuildings, which represent the future of chemical tankers. The ships will sail along the Norwegian coast for many years to come. Although the vessels are built in China, most of the equipment comes from Norway and Europe, such as the Framo pumps. These ships are a long step towards the IMO 2050 targets”, says Leif Larsen, newbuilding Director at Utkilen.

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