Swedish shipping company Furetank Rederi AB has taken delivery of its latest vessel, Fure Vinga, the first in a series of six 17.999 DWT product tankers with LNG operation. Following successful sea trials, the vessel has this week been transferred to Furetank and started its trip from the shipyard of Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding in China, sailing to Europe.
”She was delivered a month before the specified delivery time”, says Furetank’s CEO Lars Höglund when shipping magazine Sjöfartstidningen reached him by phone in China. Fure Vinga will reportedly sail to Batam Island off Singapore, where she will load for Europe before entering the Gothia Alliance tanker system. Construction of the other ships in the series is going according to plan.
The first of the six sister vessels that Gothia Tanker Alliance has ordered at Avic Dingheng was launched in October last year. These vessels are built for Ice class 1A and are Dual-Fuel categorized, with LNG as their main fuel. Due to this, they have a very low EEDI to show.
Sea trials were conducted at the end of January.
Swedish-flagged Fure Vinga and her sister vessels have a cargo volume of 20 200 m3 with the main particulars LxWxD 149,9 x 22,8 x 9,36 m. These vessels are built for Ice class 1A and are Dual-Fuel categorized, with LNG as their main fuel. Due to this, they have a very low Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).
FKAB, together with Furetank, developed the concept and FKAB is responsible for basic design, which focuses largely on energy efficiency. Together with Marin, in the Netherlands, the hull lines have been optimized for the design speed. FKAB’s Shanghai office has made both basic and detail design, in close cooperation with Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding.
Later this year, three more ships will be delivered in the same series: one to Älvtank in July, followed by a sister ship to Thuntank in October and to Furetank towards the end of the year. There remains two sister vessels for delivery to Furetank and Älvtank.
Sources: Furetank Rederi AB and FKAB