Furetank orders another LNG-powered tanker in China

Swedish shipowner Furetank said it has ordered another LNG-powered tanker at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Yangzhou.

Following delivery in January 2024, the 17,999-dwt dual-fuel tanker would become the ninth in the Vinga series, according to a Furetank statement on Friday.

The new deal also includes an option for further vessels.

Furetank already owns four and commercially operates all of eight FKAB-designed ice-class product and chemical tankers under Sweden’s Gothia Tanker Alliance.

The firm took delivery of the last ship in this series of eight, Fure Viten, in June 2021.

All of these 149 meters long and 22.8 meters wide vessels can run on LNG or LBG and have battery backup as well.

Furetank said the new ship would also be fully equipped to operate cargo pumps with 6.6 kV high voltage shore power, to reduce emissions even further as soon as ports offer the opportunity.

It has a cargo capacity of 20,306 cubic meters in 12 epoxy coated cargo tanks, ice-class 1A and an “efficient” cargo handling system.

Furetank did not reveal the price tag of the order.

“This is yet another step forward on our journey towards a fleet consisting entirely of climate friendly vessels,” Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank, said.

“It feels especially good to place the order in these unstable pandemic times; we have a strong belief in the future,” he said.

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