Erik Thun orders two methanol-ready coastal tankers and two next-gen MPVs

Swedish shipping company Erik Thun has ordered two methanol-ready coastal tankers and two next-generation multi-purpose dry cargo vessels at Shipsveerf Ferus Smit B.V. in the Netherlands.

Erik Thun

As informed, the signed contracts cover two multi-purpose dry cargo vessels with 5100 mts dwt and Ice class 1B, as the next-generation Lake Vanern Max fit for operating Lake Vänern in Sweden. The two orders will complete a line of a total of six multi-purpose dry cargo vessels on order. The company unveiled the design of hybrid Lake Vanern MAX vessels in August last year.

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The Lake Vanern Max will be equipped with a battery pack, making it a hybrid vessel. The battery power is utilized for peak shaving and power smoothening, reducing the reliance on auxiliary engines for electricity generation and can stay at anchor without using auxiliary engines, according to the company.

Additionally, the shipowner booked two more methanol-ready ships from Resource Efficiency Class coastal tanker series. The order has been placed by Thun Tankers BV, part of the Erik Thun Group.

The two new R-Class ships add to the six previously ordered sisters, bringing the current total number to eight R-Class vessels on order.

The new orders bring the current orderbook from Shipveerf Ferus Smit B.V up to fourteen vessels. A year ago, Erik Thun ordered eight newbuild vessels at Shipyard Ferus Smit.

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Thun Resource, being the very first in the R-Class series, has already been launched and soon will be ready for delivery. Together with Thun’s second-ordered intermediate product tanker in the Vinga-series, Erik Thun has a total of fifteen vessels on order in its fleet renewal program

”We are proud to lead the way in maritime innovation by introducing both the R-class series and the Lake Vanern Max; vessels that set a new standard in efficiency, performance, and sustainability, for example equipped with battery pack and ready for shore electricity connection. These series exemplify our unwavering commitment to sustainable shipping and pave the way for a greener and more pro- sperous future,” said Henrik Källsson, Deputy Managing Director at Erik Thun AB.

Our long experience in the business paired with our vision to be a sustainable Swedish partner over generations, gives us a good basis for continual improvement and innovative design, providing our customers with sustainable and smart solutions,” added Johan Källsson, Managing Director at Erik Thun AB.

The vessels are slated for delivery continuously during a period of four years (2024-2027), Erik Thun concluded.