Furetank adds two tankers, eyes more

Gothenburg: Swedish short sea specialist Furetank is eying multiple 20,000dwt tanker newbuildings, having also just acquired two ‘Ice-class 1A’ tankers from Russia.

“We we will add some some new ships, and they will join our fleet of around 20 vessels,” a company representative told Splash.  He explains that the ships will not be tied up to any fixed business.

The company has about  20 tankers modern tankers with an average size 20,000dwt, and almost half of the fleet list is ICE classed. The company mostly operates in the short sea market in North Europe, says the representative.

In addition the company has been busy in the second-hand market, purchasing two 2003-built 18,700 dwt tankers, Mar Elena 1 and Mar Daniela,  from Russian state-owned shipowner Sovcomflot. The representative says the acquisiton will end the hunt for second-hand tonnage.

Furetank is located on the small island of Donsö in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago. The company grew out of the 1950s expansion in the oil trade when Karl Höglund and his two sons, Hans and Per-Gunnar, and others ordered their first tanker in 1954.



Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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