BOW OPTIMA Enters Odfjell Fleet
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Bow Optima is the fourth and final of Odfjell’s newbuilt 49,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker that was delivered on April 22. The vessel was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd., in Shanghai, China. Odfjell’s portfolio comprises four of the world’s largest chemical tankers in a 80-vessel fleet.
Bow Optima’s sister ships - Bow Orion, Bow Olympus, and Bow Odyssey - are sailing in Odfjell’s ‘round-the-world’ trade for safe and efficient transportation of liquids and chemicals. These products are building blocks in an array of items, some more important than others these days: antibacterial liquids, face masks, protective gloves and glasses, soaps and detergents, phones and computers, to name a few.
“Bow Optima and her sister ships represent a big leap forward when it comes to optimizing vessels for more energy-efficient and eco-friendly shipping. These vessels are tailor-made for the worldwide chemical tanker market, and add highly sophisticated tonnage to our most important trades. The first vessel entered into trade eight months ago, and the experiences so far have met all our ambitious targets,” stated Kristian Morch, CEO.
The delivery of the fourth ship marks a milestone in Odfjell’s extensive newbuilding program. It was a historic moment when the delivery contract was signed and the Shipboard Management Team gathered for the flag hoisting onboard.
For Bow Optima, the COVID-19 restrictions have led to unforeseen challenges in the final phase of construction, and Captain Marius Løftingsmo will have to wait until conditions allow to be joined by the pioneer crew. In the meantime, the vessel will remain at the Hudong Shipyard, and the captain and his management team will take the extra time to get Bow Optima perfectly prepared for the maiden voyage.