Thun Tankers has placed an order for a second specialised Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground (NaabsaMAX) 4,250-dwt product tanker. The vessel will join a sister ship to service a long-term agreement with UK-based Geos Group Ltd
Thun Tankers is returning to Scheepswerf Ferus Smit in the Netherlands for the NaabsaMAX design, to enable it to call at tidal-restricted niche ports. Thun’s long experience of building resource efficient, high-quality vessels has been used in the design process.
The focus has been to maximise the vessel´s cargo intake and increase in-port performance with the scope to allow further increased cargo lot sizes going into restricted niche ports. Resource efficiency, new regulations and environmental care has been key in developing the new vessel.
The first and second tanker in the NaabsaMAX series are being built by the Ferus Smit shipyard, with whom the Erik Thun Group has a longstanding relationship. The shipyard has previously built more than thirty-five vessels for the group.
Thun Tankers chief operating officer Joakim Lund said, “With two high-quality NaabsaMAX size tankers we can offer increased flexibility in this niche segment. These tankers will be built to the latest design, enabling Geos Group and its clients access to the most efficient and sustainable transport solution available in this segment.“
Erik Thun AB managing director Johan Källsson endorsed this view, “We always strive to meet our customers’ various demands with tailormade 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.”
UK marine gas oil supplier and trader Geos Group managing director Barry Newton said, “As a company we are very confident our long-term partnership with Thun Tankers will provide us with a fleet of versatile tankers to carry on providing our clients with the service required. To have two NaabsaMAX vessels at our disposal will mean 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 UK, as well as ensuring our fleet is current and at the forefront of design.”
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