Stena Tanker Sails the Northeast Passage

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Stena Polaris

The Stena Polaris is approaching its destination – the port of Yosu in South Korea. Her voyage began on September 17 in Russian Ust Luga in the Gulf of Finland, and she is expected to arrive in Yosu in about a week. For part of the voyage of 8,400 nautical miles, the tanker sailed in a convoy headed by a Russian nuclear powered icebreaker through the harsh Northeast Passage.

Sailing via the Northeast Passage offers the expansive Northern Asia opportunities to speed up the freight routes to and from the region. “The voyage with the Stena Polaris is the first project where we are transferring technology and operational know-how from Stena to Hyundai Glovis. At the same time, it is the beginning of important collaboration. Stena’s objective is to expand in Asia together with good partners”, said Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO of Stena Shipping, Drilling and Ferries.

Sweden has had good relations with South Korea ever since the Korean War in the 1950s. Today, 80-90 Swedish companies are established in South Korea and Sweden is regarded as a model with many successful companies. South Korea is a shipping and maritime nation and is naturally interested in Arctic questions. The country has had observers on the Arctic Council since last May. Sweden chaired the council in 2011-2013.

Higher safety requirements
Increased traffic in the Arctic has led to higher safety requirements. IMO (International Maritime Organization) is currently in the process of drawing up a Polar Code that will lay down the basic prerequisites and requirements for transportation through the Arctic. Today, there are only guidelines, “We are, of course, in favor of more explicit requirements in order to ensure safer shipping in the region. Stena has always been at the cutting edge of developments in safety as we are in this case since we are already well equipped and are operating at a level over and above the guidelines currently in force. Nevertheless, we are continuing to develop our operations with further improvements based on our own experience and collaboration with other players”, said Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk AB, in a comment.

Savings via the Northeast Passage
Sailing to South Korea via the Northeast Passage compared with sailing via the Suez Canal, India and the Strait of Malacca cuts 10-13 days off the voyage. A medium-sized tanker such as the Stena Polaris saves around 400 tons of fuel. This represents savings of SEK 2 million in addition to environmental benefits since the voyage takes fewer days.

Patrik Svahn, Manager Commercial Operations in Stena Bulk’s office in Gothenburg, is now on board the Stena Polaris and blogs directly from the ship.

The Stena Polaris, which is owned by Concordia Maritime and has been time-chartered by Stena Bulk for this project, has the following technical data: Length: 183 m, beam: 40 m, draft: 11.3 m, deadweight: 65,000 tons.

About the P-MAX tankers
The P-MAX tankers were designed and built by Stena and Concordia Maritime. They have a double hull, optimum corrosion control, two engine rooms with full water and fire integrity and two propulsion systems. Double propellers and rudders and a specially designed bridge layout give the tanker extremely good maneuverability and a 360° view, which facilitate safe navigation in narrow waters.

stenabulk.com
 

  • Stena Polaris

    Stena Polaris

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

TORM's CFO Zacho Quits

TORM's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mads Peter Zacho has resigned to become Chief Executive Officer of J. Lauritzen A / S. Mads has been with TORM since 2013.

Alfa Laval PureNOx Prime Ordered for Five VLECs

Alfa Laval’s new PureNOx Prime solution for water treatment in Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), will be part of EGR systems on five very large ethane carriers

NASSCO Delivers Second ECO Tanker to APT

On Thursday, May 19, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Magnolia State to longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The ECO Class tanker

News

Wood Group Bags Statoil MSA

Wood Group has been awarded an evergreen master services agreement (MSA) by Statoil to support the life cycles of its offshore  and onshore facilities. Work and

TORM's CFO Zacho Quits

TORM's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mads Peter Zacho has resigned to become Chief Executive Officer of J. Lauritzen A / S. Mads has been with TORM since 2013.

Korea Express Orders Two Quaymate M50 Cranes

Xiamen, People’s Republic of China, 24 May 2016 – Terex Port Solutions (TPS) notches up another success for its Terex Quaymate M50 mobile harbour crane. After the

Vessels

DSME, Sovcomflot Delay Delivery of First Arctic LNG carrier

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Sovcomflot have agreed to delay a liquefied natural gas carrier being built for the Yamal LNG project in Russia.

Cheoy Lee Joins the Robert Allan Ltd. ‘Century Club’

On April 26, 2016, China’s Cheoy Lee Shipyards launched its 100th vessel built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design, becoming the second shipyard worldwide to do so, following Sanmar’s achievement in 2013.

Design Concept: Zero Emissions Cargo Ship

The designs for a multi access zero emissions cargo ship will be unveiled at the 5th Natural Propulsion Seminar in Wageningen, Netherlands, on Tuesday, May 24. The

Arctic Operations

Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker.

Research Vessel Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

Antarctic season ends in the homeport after half a year Bremerhaven / Germany, 11 May 2016. on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, the research vessel Polarstern is expected

ABB Azipods Selected for First Chinese-built Icebreaker

ABB’s Azipod propulsion chosen to power polar science research vessel for debut into Chinese icebreaker market   ABB’s Azipod propulsion system will power a Chinese

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1092 sec (9 req/sec)