Chemical operator Stolt Tankers has received the first of six newbuild vessels which can be retrofitted for ammonia propulsion.
The Bochem Houston was ordered from the CMJL shipyard in China by Belgian shipowner Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB).
Stolt Tankers reached an agreement with CMB’s chemical tanker division Bochem in June this year for the long-term time charter and pooling of the six 26,000 deadweight chemical tankers. The remaining five ships are expected to enter service in 2023 and 2024.
Lucas Vos, President, Stolt Tankers said, “This agreement is an excellent opportunity to further solidify our relationship with CMB and Bochem. As well as securing attractively priced tonnage in a firm chemical tanker market, these modern, fuel-efficient ships will help to lower the age profile and carbon intensity of our fleet while offering customers more flexibility as they can trade in any of our deep-sea routes.
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