Stena Bulk has hailed its entrance into the chemical sector as having surpassed all expectations. The Swedish owner’s fleet of 13 so-called IMOIIMAX MR vessels have been on the market for a year, with the company claiming yesterday they have been a notable success both in terms of performance as well as business. An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks (3,000 cu m per tank), giving great flexibility in terms of combinations of cargoes.
“Utilisation of and entry into the chemicals market has gone better than expected, and we have secured a good market position that we are continuing to build on. We have achieved this through not only our hard work in marketing, but also through operational performance”, president and CEO Erik Hånell stated in a release.
All the ships were built at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China.
“The vessels perform well in terms of speed and bunker consumption. Additionally, in respect of loading, transport, discharging and tank cleaning, it has technically performed above expectations”, Hånell added.