Aurora Tankers, the tanker arm of IMC Shipping, has completed its latest newbuilding series with the launch of 50,000-dwt IMO II MR chemical tanker, Maritime Verity
Maritime Verity is the last delivery in a series of eight newbuildings commissioned in 2017 in a joint venture with CSSC Shipping, and will enter Aurora Tankers’ Pool’s fleet of 22 coated chemical tankers plying major global and intra-Asia trade routes.
IMC Industrial Group managing director, shipping, Frederik Guttormsen said, “Beyond renewing our fleet with modern tonnage to provide our customers with safe, reliable and cost-effective voyages, we are looking to double the number of vessels in our Pool, building on our positive view of the forward chemical market.”
He added, “The first seven ships of the series have been received positively by our customers and achieved encouraging performance levels.”
Construction of Aurora Tankers’ newbuildings was conceptualised, developed and supervised by IMC Shipping’s inhouse newbuilding consultancy, ship conversion and engineering project services division.
Named after virtues to reflect IMC’s core values, Maritime Verity and its sister newbuildings have 22 cargo tanks each and are installed with exhaust gas cleaning systems (SOx scrubbers), meeting IMO’s Energy Efficient Design Index Phase 3 requirements with more than a 30% reduction in CO2 values.
They are also equipped with high-tech real-time vessel performance monitoring systems. These attributes, coupled with energy-efficient engineroom operations and cargo handling systems, allow the vessels to offer more efficient fuel consumption, a cleaner environmental footprint, enhanced operating accuracy and optimum manpower utilisation, stated Aurora Tankers.
Mr Guttormsen added, “Our transformation from a traditional shipowner to a services focused operator is well underway. We have stayed resilient against the challenges of Covid-19 and continue to leverage our legacy knowledge and expertise to expand our business capabilities. We are making strategic investments in digital solutions, developing integrated services and forging partnerships that create value for customers and sharpen their competitive edge.”
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