Framo installs liquid cargo pumps on 4000th vessel

Siri-Anne Mjaatvedt, CEO of Utkilen; and Martijn Bergink, CEO of Framo.
Siri-Anne Mjaatvedt, CEO of Utkilen; and Martijn Bergink, CEO of Framo.

Norwegian shipping company Utkilen’s new Saltstraum vessel is the 4000th ship in operation with Framo pumps on board.

Saltstraum is the third vessel in a series of four new chemical tankers ordered by Utkilen from the Avic Dingheng shipyard in China to be fitted with pumps produced by Framo in West Norway. Saltstraum has capacity for 10 500 tonnes, with 14 different stainless-steel cargo tanks, all fitted with Framo pumps.

“It feels like an extra special celebration of ship number 4000 with our pumps when we have such a good, long lasting relationship with the customer,” said Martijn Bergink, CEO of Framo.

 “We are incredibly proud to take delivery of these newbuildings, which represent the future of chemical tankers. The ships will sail along the Norwegian coast for many years to come. Although the vessels are built in China, most of the equipment comes from Norway and Europe, such as the Framo pumps. These ships are a long step towards the IMO 2050 targets,” said Leif Larsen, newbuilding director at Utkilen.

Focus points for the fleet renewal are low CO2 and NOx emissions.

Norway’s Framo has delivered pumps for chemical tankers since the end of the 1960s.

“Although sea transport is one of the most eco-friendly alternatives for freight, it is always positive when shipping companies take the lead to make shipping even greener in connection with fleet renewals,” said Bergink.

“We are very happy to note how Framo’s solutions can also help save on fuel. Our pumping systems allow the crew to get the cargo ashore quickly, followed by a quick and efficient cleaning process, so that the ships can soon be on their way with a new cargo on board.”

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