Stena Holds First Digital Naming Ceremony

Stena Bulk has held its first digital naming ceremony for Stena Immortal.

The tanker shipping company hosted the event at their new office in Hellerup, Copenhagen on 17th January 2018.

In a mark from tradition, the vessel was not physically present in Copenhagen, but in Houston where it is in service.

A drone filmed from Houston and zoomed in when the bottle of champagne hit the tanker’s bows.

This is the first time the company have held a virtual naming ceremony and claim it marks a sign of the times.

Erik Hanell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk said:

“This ship naming ceremony using available technology is a sign of the times. Our goal is greater efficiency in everything we do and, accordingly, a digital naming ceremony symbolises a measure of sustainability, efficiency and new technology. This is what we are striving for and we want to be at the forefront of this process,” 

The MR tanker was built at China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in 2016 and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).

The 183-meter-long vessel is the eighth in a series of thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012, the last of which will be delivered at the beginning of February this year. Following Stena Immortal’s delivery in September 2016, it has sailed in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems.