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Thursday, June 11, 2020 

Stena Bulk has presented a prototype of its next-generation product and chemical tanker, the IMOFlexMAX , which it says will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to modern product tankers.

The new design is a further development of the current IMOIIMAX design, based on two major objectives – flexibility and efficiency.

Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, said: “The world’s need for reliable, innovative and sustainable transportation of liquid products is increasing and it will continue to do so as the world’s population grows and global living standards continue to improve.”

The IMOFlexMAX is claimed to be one of the most energy-efficient product and chemical tankers on the market. It has been designed by naval architects at Stena Teknik. From hull design to vessel propulsion, these ships will incorporate the latest technology, and will be equipped with Flettner rotors and solar panels to harvest renewable energy. The engines will run on LNG as well as conventional low-sulphur fuels. The basic concept of the IMOFlexMax will allow Stena Bulk to dramatically reduce local SOx, NOx and particle emissions, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Combined fuel and energy efficiencies will allow reductions of greenhouse gases by at least 25% with a potential to reach up to 45% compared to modern product tankers using low-sulphur fuel oil.

Stena Bulk says that IMOFlexMAX vessels can be built with existing proven technology, and represent a major step forward in bringing shipping in compliance with the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainability and Development Goals.

“The plan is for the IMOFlexMAX vessels to be deployed in Stena Bulk’s logistics system in the global market along with the IMOIIMAX. The IMOFlexMAX vessels will constitute an important asset for Stena Bulk, as well as for its partners, in strengthening our position as the market-leading, cross-trading specialists in the MR segment with increased efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gases. The prototype is one step further in Stena Bulk’s vision of being our customers’ first choice for safety, innovation and performance in the transportation of oil, chemicals and gas,” said Hånell.

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