Introducing Fuel-Efficiency In Chemical Tankers


The maritime industry is witnessing a significant advancement with the introduction of modern, fuel-efficient ships built between 2022 and 2023. Stolt Tankers and SFL Corporation have announced the upcoming delivery of these vessels, equipped with 22 cargo tanks to offer unparalleled cargo flexibility. This development marks a pivotal moment in enhancing operational efficiency and sustainability in the transportation of chemicals.

Strategic Partnership for Fleet Enhancement

The collaboration between Stolt-Nielsen and SFL Corporation heralds a new era of partnership in the maritime sector. With one ship secured under a fixed time-charter agreement and the other integrated into the Stolt Tankers Joint Service pool, this venture underscores a commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology and industry expertise for fleet optimization.

Driving Sustainability and Flexibility

The deployment of dual-fuel ships not only addresses environmental concerns but also enhances fleet flexibility and performance. Udo Lange, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen, highlights the strategic significance of this transaction in lowering the carbon intensity of the fleet while expanding operational capabilities. The move towards asset-light fleet replacement underscores a broader commitment to sustainability and profitability in the liquid logistics sector.

Seizing Opportunities in a Favorable Market Environment

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, emphasizes the promising market dynamics for stainless-steel chemical tankers. With steady growth in demand, an ageing fleet, and a limited order book, the partnership between Stolt-Nielsen and SFL Corporation is well-positioned to capitalize on favourable market conditions. The combination of fixed-rate charters and pool earnings not only ensures market participation but also provides essential cash flow support, reinforcing the resilience of both companies in a competitive industry landscape.

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Source: Stolt-Nielsen