Dutch parcel tanker operator Chemship has taken virtual delivery of 16,000-dwt small chemical carrier Chemical Fighter from Asawara Shipbuilding in Japan
Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the handover of the stainless steel chemical carrier took place virtually, with Chemship managing director Niels Groot and chartering manager Michiel Marelis watching online in the middle on the night in Europe while Ayana Abe was presented with the ceremonial axe used to launch the vessel.
Chemical Fighter is 134 m long with a beam of 21.6 m. The cargo arrangement consists of 20 cargo separations with 20 separate deep-well cargo pumps. The cargo tanks are stainless steel and the vessel is classed by ClassNK.
The new vessel will serve in Chemship’s USA–Mediterranean trade lane.
Chemship operates a fleet of chemical carriers, including four 14,300-dwt chemical carriers built at Asawara Shipbuilding between 2004 and 2009.
In April 2019, Chemship chemical carrier Chemical Marketer was involved in an incident with the river cruise vessel Viking Idun in the Westerschelde in Terneuzen in the Netherlands. The cause of the incident is still being investigated.
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