Proman Stena Bulk has announced that steel cutting has commenced for its IMOIIMeMAX methanol-fuelled 49,900 DWT vessel Stena Pro Patria.
According to Proman Stena Bulk, the steel cutting marks the operational beginning of Stena Bulk and Proman’s journey together as a joint venture, which was first announced in October 2019.
As previously reported by ship.energy’s sister publication Bunkerspot, the Stena Pro Patria was ordered by Proman Stena Bulk in November 2019, along with a second vessel, Stena ProMare. Proman Stena Bulk has since ordered a third vessel, Stena Prosperous, due to enter the JV’s fleet in the second half of 2022.
Stena Pro Patria, which is due for delivery in early 2022, will use approximately 12,500 tonnes of methanol as fuel per year. The vessel is expected to significantly reduce the volume of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the vessel’s commercial operations, especially compared to the use of conventional marine fuels.
‘The steel cutting for Stena Pro Patria is the first step in a fascinating series of projects that will further strengthen Stena’s commitment to sustainability excellence and with spearheading shipping’s fuel innovation and wider decarbonisation journey,’ said Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk.
Anita Gajadhar, Managing Director of Proman Shipping, added: ‘This steel cutting ceremony represents an important milestone for the Proman Stena Bulk partnership, marking the beginning of construction and day one in the life of the Stena Pro Patria, our first vessel together.’
Gajadhar added: ‘Today brings us another step closer towards reaping the benefits of methanol as a future-proof marine fuel and, in doing so, driving the transition towards more sustainable shipping worldwide.’