Stena’s New Tanker Digitally Named

Tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has held a digital naming ceremony for Stena Immortal, a 50,000 dwt tanker.

The ceremony took place at Stena’s new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen on January 17, 2018.

Stena Immortal was not physically present in Copenhagen but in Houston where it is already in service. The vessel’s Danish presence was solved with modern technology and in Houston, a drone filmed and zoomed in when the bottle of champagne hit the tanker’s bows.

“This ship naming ceremony using available technology is a sign of the times. Our goal is greater efficiency in everything we do and, accordingly, a digital naming ceremony symbolises a measure of sustainability, efficiency and new technology. This is what we are striving for and we want to be at the forefront of this process,” Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, commented.

The MR tanker Stena Immortal was built at China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in 2016 and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).

The 183-meter-long vessel is the eighth in a series of thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012, the last of which will be delivered at the beginning of February this year. Following Stena Immortal’s delivery in September 2016, it has sailed in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems.

Including the new tanker, Stena Bulk’s fleet currently comprises more than 100 vessels.

Stena’s new office was inaugurated by the newly formed company Stena Rederi AS, but Stena Bulk, Stena Line, Stena RoRo and Northern Marine Management are also represented here. Stena Bulk, which recently acquired the remaining 50% of a jointly owned company from Danish Weco Shipping, has moved its staff from its previous office in Rungsted to Hellerup.

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