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Bow Optima and Bow Odyssey officially named

Today, November 20, 2019, we officially name the two youngest of the four sister ships in our newbuilt 49,000 dwt series.

These four sister ships mark a milestone in Odfjell’s history. Built to the highest specifications and with the most sophisticated equipment available on the market.  

“Our customers require predictability and reliability: Their products need to arrive on time and on specification. Odfjell takes pride in delivering high-quality services. This is appreciated by our customers – many have been with us for more than 30 years. This loyalty is something that we must earn, and we earn it through safe and reliable operations day after day, year after year. These new buildings are important contributors to our safe and reliable services.”

COO Harald Fotland 

Lady sponsor Christine Rødsæther with the Odfjell team

Lady sponsor Linna Fan

The naming ceremony at the Hudong-Zhongua shipyard gathers nearly one hundred guests; representatives of the yard, banks, Class, the ships’ Shipboard Management Teams, management in Odfjell Tankers and Ship Management, and the special guests of honor: the Lady Sponsors, Christine Rødsæther and Linna Fan. 

“To be the lady sponsor of the world's most efficient, largest, sophisticated and eco-friendly super segregator is indeed a great honor and a role for which I am very proud and truly grateful. As a board member of Odfjell for ten years, I supported the choice of Hudong Ship Yard to build Bow Odyssey and the three sister vessels, and there is no doubt that this was the right decision”

Christine Rødsæther

“It is my great pleasure to be selected as the lady sponsor of the beautiful vessel Bow Optima. I am deeply honored that Odfjell and my employer Bocom Leasing have given me this opportunity. I wish the vessel and her crew smooth winds, calm seas and ample water under her keel and always a safe return to her destination.”

Linna Fan

Lady sponsors and COO Harald Fotland with the Shipboard Management Team of Bow Odyssey: Captain Francisco Magos Colomer, Chief Officer Francis Sydney Cabanero Barrientos, Chief Engineer Allan Barrientos Barrieta and Second Engineer Roland James Genovia Biantan

Lady sponsors and COO Harald Fotland with the Shipboard Management Team of Bow Optima: Chief Officer Christoffer Gundersen, Chief Engineer Per Jarle Bjorøy and Second Engineer Aleksander Johansen. (Captain Eirik Kittelsen not present)

Vessel facts:

  • 49,000 dwt stainless steel
  • Cubic meters 98%: 54.600 cbm
  • 33 tanks
  • Cargo capacity of 54,600 cbm
  • Length overall: 182.88 m
  • Breath: 32.20 m
  • Summer draft: 13.20 m
  • PO Capacity: 18.500 cbm


For more information, please contact Communications Manager Anngun Dybsland at, tel. +47 41 54 88 54.


The winner of the naming competition, Chief Officer Ralph H. Tolentino, was specially invited to witness that the names were formally revealed on two of the four ships. As he said when entering the competition:

“The names define greatness, most effective, extreme and the best of their kind”.

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