Launch of Odfjell newbuilding

It was a milestone moment when the new 49,000 chemical tanker was launched in China on November 23rd.

Odfjell’s major fleet renewal process is progressing nicely, spearheaded by four newbuildings from the Hudong-Zhongua shipyard in China. The construction of the world’s largest stainless steel chemical tankers is well underway, and November 23rd marked the launch of the first of the four 49,000 dwt vessels.

“Our investments are part of our plan to both replace aging vessels and to ensure growth. We are making sure that we have new and modern tonnage, but at the same time we want to grow from where we are today. Our efforts are focused on making sure that Odfjell is as efficient as we can be, no matter what the markets do”

Kristian Mørch

The newbuilt vessels add highly sophisticated and technically advanced tonnage to our fleet. When all renewal initiatives are implemented, Odfjell will have one of the world’s most eco-friendly and modern fleets, equipped to solve our customers’ present and future requirements. 


The names of the four newbuildings were decided with a naming competition where Odfjell colleagues from terminals, vessels, and offices all around the world entered their naming ideas. The final votes put Chief Officer Ralph H. Tolentino’s entries on top: Bow Orion, Bow Olympus, Bow Odyssey, and Bow Optima. 

“I chose the names because it all starts with the letter “O” (Odfjell). The words define greatness, most effective, extreme and the best of their kind”

Ralph H. Tolentino, Chief Officer

“These names are a tribute to Odfjell’s global presence, our long travels, our expertise, service and safety levels, and signify a connection between history and future ambitions. As Odfjell’ers have done for 104 years running, we will continue to explore and excel in coming years”

Kristian Mørch, CEO


New chemical tanker launches at the Hudong-Zhongua shipyard in China

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


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