Algoma Central Corporation invests $127 million in methanol-ready tanker newbuilding pair

Algoma Central Corporation has today (19 June) announced it has placed an order with Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in South Korea to build two methanol-ready, 37,000 DWT ice class product tanker vessels.

The new ships, which represent a total investment of CAD 127 million, will be entered on long-term time charters to Irving Oil under the Canadian flag, servicing the energy company’s refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, with deliveries to ports in Atlantic Canada and the US East Coast.

‘Strategically unlocking diversified marine shipping opportunities and new partnerships form fundamental pillars that continue to drive our growth and success,’ said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma. ‘With this investment, we will augment our fleet with a new asset class, expand the markets served by our Product Tankers segment and add an important new Canadian customer to our business.

‘These vessels have been designed to support Irving Oil’s unique operational requirements and with a view towards optimizing the carbon requirements in these trades, now and into the future, possessing optionality for future methanol and shore power capabilities.’

Ian Whitcomb, President of Irving Oil, added: ‘We remain committed to providing a safe and secure supply of energy products to our customers. This investment highlights our company’s continued commitment to sustainable operations and ensuring the security of energy in the regions we operate.’

In addition to their methanol-ready notations, the tankers will be high voltage and shore power ready (ABS Notation HVSC-Ready). 

Delivery of the new vessels is expected during the first quarter of 2025. Upon arrival in Canada, the vessels will be immediately deployed on the agreed time charter.

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Rhys Berry