Furetank has signed a contract for two more eco-friendly dual-fuel tankers, meaning that six sister ships have been ordered this year alone in the Vinga series which has now reached 15 vessels altogether.
The 17,999 dwt tankers are the latest contribution to the series of sister vessels designed with a special focus on energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact, all commercially operated by Furetank. The design, by FKAB of Sweden, is an ice class 1A environmental friendly tanker, equipped with batteries and dual fuel engines for LNG/LBG operation and equipped with 6,6 kV high voltage shore power. This vessel concept is named FKAB T24C1 and was developed by FKAB together with Furetank.
Lars Höglund, CEO Furetank, said: “The fact that we have been able to build 15 vessels of the same design shows that they fulfil a need in our market. In our view, it proves we were right to put considerable efforts and investments into an efficient and environmentally friendly design. When we replace old tankers with these top-modern ships it makes a major difference for climate, environment and human health.”
As well as dual-fuel capability to run on LNG/LBG and a battery hybrid solution, the design features other innovative features that reduce fuel and energy consumption, resulting in extensively lower emissions of CO2, SOx, NOx and hazardous particles. The ships have scored the best EEDI value in their segment globally, meaning that they are the most energy efficient vessels according to the IMO.
The new ships will be fully equipped to operate cargo pumps with 6.6 kV high voltage shore power, in order to reduce emissions even further as soon as ports offer the opportunity. Cargo capacity is 20,306m3 in 12 epoxy coated cargo tanks, with an efficient cargo handling system featuring a flexible cargo pump and line arrangement ensuring safe and efficient cargo operations with reduced port turnaround time.
The two vessels are scheduled to be delivered from the China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Yangzhou in 2024 and 2025. The FKAB offices in Sweden and China has delivered basic design and detail design to the shipyard.