Sirius Shipping secures employment for new construction of methanol tankers

Swedish tanker owner Sirius Shipping has signed a charter agreement with fellow refiner Preem for two methanol-ready oil and chemical vessels under construction in China.

Donsö-based Sirius has booked two 15,000 dwt vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Yangzhou, with first delivery expected in the second half of 2026.

Once delivered, the two tankers will be chartered by Preem on a long-term basis to mainly transport finished products, but also to supply the refineries with renewable raw materials.

The 147 meter long ships of the so-called Evolution 15K series were designed by Kongsberg Maritime. The newbuild will come with installed methanol fuel tanks, a hybrid sports battery and shore connection, and an estimated EEDI that is 39% below the 2025 Phase III requirements.

“Preem has high ambitions to reduce its impact on the environment and these two ships will play an important role in our challenge to achieve climate neutrality by 2035. By investing in new and modern tankers, Preem shows its commitment to sustainability and safety in shipping. At the same time, we support our customers in achieving their challenging goals,” says Daniel Berndolf, head of shipping at Preem.

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