The final vessel was named in a series of 13 chemical and product tankers ordered by Stena Bulk from Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI).
The 50,000 dwt Stena Impero tanker was named in Guangzhou, China on Wednesday, completing a series of newbuilds ordered from Chinese shipyard GSI in 2012 for SEK 4 billion ($508 million).
Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, said: “With the delivery of the Stena Impero, the IMOIIMAX fleet is now complete, as ordered, and is a significant and competitive addition to our high quality fleet. At the same time, it is an important step forward and a development of our existing sophisticated trading system.
The Stena Impero (length: 183 meters, beam: 32 meters) is due to be delivered to owner Stena Bulk on February 7, after which the vessel will make its maiden voyage carrying a cargo of vegetable oils from Asia to Europe and joining its 12 ships delivered sister ships in the transport of refined petroleum products, chemicals and vegetable oils.
“Exactly three years ago we took delivery of our first IMOIIMAX series vessel and the vessels have exceeded our expectations. The technical and business concepts have proven to be very efficient and have set a new standard in freight efficiency and bunker consumption,” Hånell said.
All 13 tankers in the series are from the IMOIIMAX design concept developed by Stena Bulk and Stena Teknik in conjunction with GSI. An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks (3,000 m3/tank), allowing flexibility and cargo combination. The tanks are lined with Jotun Flexline, which means they can be easily cleaned and used for other cargo to quickly switch between different markets, Stena Bulk said.
IMOIIMAX fleet (name, delivery date and owner)
Stena Impression, 2015, Golden Stena Bulk*
Stena Image, 2015, Concordia Maritime
Stena Imperial, 2015, Golden Stena in bulk
Stena Important, 2015, Concordia Maritime
Stena imperative, 2016, Stena in bulk
Stena Weco Impulse, 2016, Stena Weco
Stena Imagination, 2016, Golden Stena Bulk
Stena Immortal, 2016, Golden Stena Bulk
Immaculate Stena, 2017, Stena Bulk
Stena Impeccable, 2017, Stena Bulk
Stena Imperator, 2017, Bulk Stena
Stena Imprimis, 2017, Bulk Stena
Stena Impero, 2018, Bulk Stena
* Golden Stena Bulk (formerly Golden Stena Weco) is a joint venture between Stena Bulk (formerly Stena Weco) and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR).