Thun Tankers BV has placed an order for a second 4250-deadweight NaabsaMAX product tanker with Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit. The vessel is to be delivered in May 2022 and has been specially designed to be able to rest on the bottom allowing it to reach niche ports.
Naabsa stands for “not always afloat but safely aground” which allows the ship to call at tidal restricted niche ports. The two new-buildings are being built by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit BV in the Netherlands, with whom the Erik Thun Group has a longstanding relationship. The shipyard has previously built more than thirty-five vessels for the Erik Thun Group.
Focus has been to maximise the vessel´s cargo intake and increase in-port performance; with the scope to allow further increased cargo lot sizes going into restricted niche ports. Resource efficiency, new regulations and environmental care has been key in the development of the new vessel, according to the Thun Group.
‘With two high quality NaabsaMAX size tankers we can offer increased flexibility in this niche segment,’ says Joakim Lund, CCO, Thun Tankers BV. ‘These tankers will be built to the absolutely latest design, enabling Geos Group Ltd. and their clients access to the most efficient and sustainable transport solution available in this segment.’
Once delivered, both vessels will enter into a long-term agreement with UK based Geos Group Ltd.