An evaluation by international tanker owner Stena Bulk revealed that the IMOIIMAX type of its 13 chemical vessels has been a success, both in terms of performance and business. An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks (3,000 m3/tank), which provides for large freedom of choice as regards combinations of cargoes. The IMOIIMAX vessels are also characterized by high safety and low fuel consumption.
The 13 sister vessels trade in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems, which focuses on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals.
It’s now been just over four years since we took delivery of our first vessel in the IMOIIMAX series and the vessels have performed beyond our expectations. Both the technical and the commercial concepts have proved to be very successful and have set a new standard for cargo efficiency and bunker consumption,
…comments President and CEO Erik Hånell, Stena Bulk.
IMOIIMAX is a vessel concept with a focus on flexibility and is a further development of an already well-established concept. This technical design was developed by Stena Bulk and Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard GSI.
According to the company, advantages include extra large cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and economical fuel consumption. An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks (3,000 m3/tank), which provides for large freedom of choice as regards combinations of cargoes.
The tanks have a Jotun Flexline coating, which means that they can also be easily cleansed and thus be used for other cargoes to quickly switch between different markets.
Furthermore, the IMOIIMAX tanker’s cargo flexibility and ability to quickly cleanse the cargo tanks for different cargoes maximises its capacity utilisation rate.
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,
…concludes Erik Hånell.