Furetank Rederi announced on 4th April that the Fure Vinga had been delivered from Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Ltd. The 17,999dwt vessel is the first in a series of six sister vessels contracted by Furetank Rederi AB, Rederi AB Älvtank and Thun Tankers BV and will be serving customers predominantly in the Baltic and North West Europe. The ships will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance. The 12,595gt/2018 built Fure Vinga has an ice class of 1A, a cargo tank capacity of 20,306m3 in 12 epoxy coated cargo tanks and an efficient cargo handling system with a flexible cargo pump and line arrangement ensures safe and efficient cargo operations with reduced port-turnaround time. The newbuild is built to a design developed by FKAB together with Furetank with special focus on minimal impact on the environment. The vessel has dual fuel capability, will run on LNG and has several features that reduce fuel and energy consumption resulting in extensively lower emissions of CO2, Sulphur oxide, Nitrogen oxide and particles. The Fure Vinga’s first deployment was to sail to Indonesia to load cargo for Europe.

GasLog Ltd. of Greece has expanded its fleet with its latest newbuilding, the 115,024gt/2018 built Gaslog Genoa. The company took delivery of the new LNG carrier from South Korea’a shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries on 29th March. The 293m long/45.8m wide and 170,000m3 capacity carrier has XDF propulsion and was named at the shipyard on 27th March.The ship is part of an order placed with the shipbuilder in May 2014. At the time, GasLog ordered two vessels, and secured two additional priced options from Samsung. Earlier in March, GasLog expanded its orderbook with a new 180,000m3 Flex Plus vessel with XDF propulsion from the shipyard. The newbuild, Hull No. 2274, is scheduled to be handed over in the second quarter of 2020.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the first car carrier of its next-generation Flexie series, the 63,115gt Beluga Ace, which was built at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding in Japan. The four Flexie car carriers were ordered from the yard in April 2015. The new vessel has six hoistable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers, a feature which is expected to meet the demand for diversified vehicle and high and heavy cargo transport more effectively. The Beluga Ace boasts a rounded bow shape which aims to minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today’s car carriers. The new series of carriers are powered by an electronically-controlled diesel engine with Low Load Optimisation (LLO) tuning by exhaust gas bypass technology. The newbuilds also adopt waste heat energy recovery system for generator engines and electric power consumption reduction technology. The revised shape of the vessels is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, and Akishima Laboratories, developed as part of the Ishin Next-MOL Smart Ship Project. The Beluga Ace is 199.9m long with a beam of 32.2m and a capacity for 6,800 cars.

NYK’s latest LNG Carrier, the Marvel Falcon, was named on 29th March at the Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in South Korea. At the ceremony, the ship was named by Mr Tatsuo Yasunaga, president and chief executive officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and the ceremonial rope holding the vessel in place was cut by Mr. Yasunaga’s wife. The vessel is the first ship of the series for the Mitsui & Co. Cameron LNG project, and after the delivery on 16th April, will be assigned to transport LNG mainly produced in Louisiana State, USA, for up to 25 years including optional extension periods, and an NYK Group company will be responsible for ship management. The 293m long/45.80m beam and 114,084gt vessel has a 174,000m3 capacity membrane-type cargo tank and is equipped with an X-DF diesel engine, a new two stroke large bore slow speed diesel engine able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.

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