Perenco purchases revolutionary tanker

Perenco purchases revolutionary tanker

Oslo: Finland’s Neste will sell the crude oil vessel Tempera. The sale of the  106,000 dwt aframax is based on Neste’s decision to divest its shipping operations.

The tanker was the first ship to utilize the double acting tanker (DAT) concept, developed by Aker Arctic, in which the vessel is designed to travel ahead in open water and astern in severe ice conditions. Tempera and her sister ship, Mastera, built in 2003, have been mainly used between a Russian oil terminal in Primorsk to Neste Oil refineries in Porvoo and Naantal.

The ship will be handed over to its new owner, oil and gas company Perenco, in the summer of 2016.

Tempera and Mastera remain the only double acting tankers operating in the Baltic Sea. They are also the only tankers equipped with a bulbous bow designed primarily with open water performance in mind. The tankers and containerships built for the Russian Arctic have a more traditional icebreaking bow due to the more severe ice conditions.

 

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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