Dutch coastal shipping company Thun Tankers has declared the option for a fifth tanker to be added to the previously contracted four product/chemical tankers.
The additional order comes only months after the company decided to expand its fleet with four new 17,500 dwt IMO II tankers.
The five vessels, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2020, are set to enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network. They will be built at China’s Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding.
Thun Tankers said that the contracted vessels “will be built to the absolute latest design with focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, new regulations, and customers’ needs as key in the design and building process.”
The tankers will be commercially managed by Furetank, responsible for the intermediate segment within the Alliance.
In addition to the five contracted intermediate vessels, Thun Tankers together with the Gothia Tanker Alliance partners Furetank Rederi AB and Rederi AB Älvtank have previously ordered another six 16,300 dwt tankers with LNG propulsion. These units, currently under construction, are being built at the same yard and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020.
With latest contracted newbuilding, the Erik Thun Group currently has a total of twelve newbuildings on order.