Dampskibsselskabet TORM (TORM) a shipping company specializing in the worldwide commercial operation of a fleet of tankers and bulk carriers, has signed a contract with Dalian New Shipbuilding Ltd. in the People's Republic of China for construction of two high specification 110,000 dwt Aframax
(LR2) product tankers. This order is based on the two options granted when TORM placed the initial order for two vessels in June 2003. TORM has an option for a further two vessels.
The two vessels are due to be delivered in 1st and 2nd quarter 2007, and represent the latest additions to the substantial newbuilding program initiated in 1999. The seven remaining newbuildings will be delivered in 2003-7 and represent an investment of more than $250 million.
This order underlines TORM's commitment to a strategy based on owning and operating, in cooperation with its pool partners, a product tanker fleet among the most modern and technologically advanced in the world, aimed at offering customers the capacity, flexibility and quality required.