Sweden’s biggest fuel company, Preem, is due to take up a long-term lease in March on a new LNG and biogas-fuelled coastal carrier, Thun Evolve. Built by Thun Tankers in the Netherlands, the vessel will be deployed for deliveries to Preem’s depots and customers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
The vessel has been designed “to meet and exceed current and upcoming environmental regulations” and has a “very low environmental impact,” said Thun Tankers’ chief commercial officer Joakim Lund.
Preem operates its fleet on a just-in-time strategy, varying a vessel’s speed to reduce the time at anchorage at refineries and ports. According to the group, the strategy not only reduces fuel consumption and environmental impact, but also boosts safety.
The fuel company’s two refineries boast a capacity of more than 18M m3 of crude oil a year. About two thirds of production is exported, much of it by sea. “Our maritime transport is an important part of Preem’s operations,” pointed out the group’s head of shipping, Fredrik Backman. “We are very pleased with the latest addition of new environmentally adapted tankers.”
The imminent arrival of Thun Evolve follows another long-term leasing contract by Preem, this time of the newbuild tanker MT Mercurius named in October at Shanghai. Operated by Sirius Shipping out of the home harbour of Donso in Gothenburg’s archipelago, the 120-m long vessel, with a capacity of 9,500 m3, is adapted to run on LNG. Sirius operates a fleet of 14 product and chemical tankers plus two LNG tankers. Two more tankers are under construction.
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