Norwegian based Odfjell SE is expanding its fleet with six chemical tanker newbuildings through a combination of long-term time charter and pool agreements, which represent a continuation of Odfjell’s long-term relationships with Japanese shipowners and shipyards.

The series of six chemical tanker newbuildings will be built at multiple shipyards in Japan, as the company says, and are scheduled to be delivered from first half of 2026 to first half of 2027.

Two of the vessels are 40,000 dwt stainless steel supersegregator chemical tankers with 28 tanks, while the additional four are 25-26,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers with 24 tanks, with all the vessels being capable of handling a range of specialty liquid products.

Odfjell notes that it has purchase options on the vessels entered on time charter, and that this new agreement increases the total to twelve 25 – 40,000 dwt stainless steel vessels to be delivered on long-term time charters and pool agreements between 2024 and 2027.

Harald Fotland, CEO Odfjell said that “We are pleased to announce these agreements as they further strengthen our fleet composition and serve as a confirmation of our growth ambitions. The collaboration between the shipbuilders, suppliers and our team has resulted in tailored vessels that are sustainable, efficient and cost-effective,” and he added that “This approach allows us to continue to deliver exceptional services to our customers and optimize our operations without compromising our commitment to sustainability. We introduce modern and sophisticated tonnage in a capital-efficient way.”

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