Steel has been cut at Yangzhou’s China Merchants Jinling Shipyard for Erik Thun’s Vinga series dual-fuel product tanker, which was ordered in March of this year as reported by Offshore Energy.
The 17,999 dwt ship is a sibling to Thun Venern and the tenth ship in the “Vinga-series” of sister ships that have all transacted business with the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
All of the boats in the series are dual-fuel capable and run on LNG/LBG. The vessels from the series, according to the Swedish shipping company, are outfitted with a battery hybrid solution and a number of cutting-edge features that lower fuel and energy consumption and, as a result, significantly lower emissions of CO2, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and hazardous particles.
It boasts an effective cargo handling system, 12 epoxy-coated cargo tanks with a 20,306 cubic metre cargo capacity, and ice class 1A.
The new tanker will be technically and commercially managed by Erik Thun Group’s close partner Furetank, and when it is delivered in 2024, it will join the Gothia Tanker Alliance network.
As soon as ports provide the chance, the new ship will also be fully outfitted to operate cargo pumps using shore power, reducing emissions even more.
In an effort to replace some of the old ships with new builds, Erik Thun Group placed two new dry cargo vessel orders with the Dutch shipyard Ferus Smit earlier this year.
With its cement carriers Greenland and Ireland, which were launched in 2015 and 2016 at Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. in the Netherlands, the business claims to have been the first to order LNG-fueled ships almost ten years ago.
As the third of eight vessels ordered as part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance agreement, the company’s product tanker Thun Venern began operating in 2018.
The E-class dual-fueled product tankers Thun Eos, Thun Evolve, Thun Equality, and Thun Empower were introduced by the firm that same year. According to the company’s website, Thun Evolve is a participant in a project with renewable maritime fuel and is using a fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10% renewable liquefied biogas in these vessels that utilise LNG as their primary fuel.
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Source: Offshore Energy