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Southern Zebra adds
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Renewal of the fleet Page 4
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New ILO measures Page 8
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SC Express in Bergen Page 12
SC Astrea on
“green mission”
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Trans Sea 20 years
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Lars Helge Kyrkjebø
Drafting Committee:
Jan H. Johansen,
Atle Sommer, Erik Mohn
and Torbjørn Wilhelmsen
Editorial staff:
Torbjørn Wilhelmsen
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Meanwhile, it is important to grow and adjust the fleet in line
with the requirements, volumes and trading patterns that are
developed in cooperation with our customers,” says Jan H.
Johansen, Managing Director of Seatrans Chemical Tankers (SCT).
“We have requirements that point towards the size of vessels
we need, the number of tanks, the quality of the ships, the
professionalism of ship management ashore and on board. We
also have certain age constraints and a continuous need to have
all ships approved by the major chemical and oil companies. All
these factors are considered when choosing partners and ships
that shall sail in our pools,” Mr. Johansen continues.
Based on the experience gained by SCT with the ship owner
Tatsumi Marine in Singapore, after trading the Southern Atlas for
nearly one year, it was a fairly easy decision to include the sister
vessel Southern Zebra in the SCT fleet this spring. “We have TC
based deals with purchase options in Yen for both these vessels.
The latter is built in 2004 and Atlas is two years younger. They
perform well and have good management both onboard and
ashore. The purchase options are also an interesting part of the
deal,” says Mr. Johansen.
“Meanwhile, we still have some fairly mature ladies in our fleet
that will eventually be sold, and are keeping an eye on what
is available as replacements or additions in the sizes we are
already established in or slightly larger. The market development
in general is rather weak but we have a fairly good balance
between contract business and spot business which is well-
adjusted to our fleet. During the last couple of years, we have
been testing coated tonnage and decided to go further with only
stainless steel vessels. It is therefore encouraging that ’a no fleet
growth’ scenario should lead to a balanced market in the short
term,” says Jan H. Johansen.
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Survival and growth of any business
depends on adapting to the ever changing
business environment. At no time has this
been more true than after the Lehman
Brother collapse in august 2008, and the
subsequent financial crisis and global
At Seatrans we have aggressively adapted
through the disposal and recycling of
vessels and reorganizing of our business.
Following this, we have recently started
buying second hand tonnage that fits our
future needs. Last year we bought the
ro-ro vessel Astrea, and this summer we
bought the ro-ro vessel Athela. In addition
the newbuilding Sea-Cargo Express has
replaced the SC Aberdeen. All three ships
will strengthen Sea Cargo’s position and
give us capacity for further growth.
On the tanker side, we just concluded
the purchase of the stainless steel tanker
Irene, 12000 tdw, to be renamed Trans
Borg. The ship will be delivered to us in
November, and will enter the Seatrans
Chemical Tankers pool. This is part of the
renewal plan for our chemicals business,
which will increasingly focus on using the
opportunity of depressed ship values to
buy good second hand tonnage.
Even if we believe that any substantial
economic recovery is still not around
the corner, our own restructuring effort
is beginning to pay off, and we see many
interesting opportunities ahead!
I wish everybody a nice and safe
summer !
Lars Helge Kyrkjebø
Trans Borg
Captain Jaroslaw Wolanin and his crew finished the first
southbound voyage mid-June after a hectic cargo program
with 15 different products from North West Europe via Spain and
thereafter to Greece and Turkey. From a commercial point of
view, operations worked very well,” says Tom Skare at Seatrans
Chemical Tankers.
Trans Borg will play an important role for Seatrans Chemical
Tankers in the years to come on this route. Trans Adriatic (12500
DWT) was introduced to this tradelane in October 2010 and this
vessel has sailed with satisfactory results despite the challenging
market conditions since the financial crisis started back in 2008.
“In a market where the chemical shipping market has been
unsustainable for almost five years now, it has become
increasingly important to have the right size of ships for the right
trade. Trans Borg with 11921 DWT and 24 cargo tanks indeed will
serve such purpose,” Skare concludes.
“Seatrans Chemical Tankers has an ambition to grow and
further develop the existing business. Certainly, we also
want to add new business to our portfolio.
“We took delivery of Trans Borg 20th
November 2012 at Chiba. The vessel
is now well established in the trade
between North West Europe and
Eastern Mediterranean.