It's quite a privilege. It is always very nice to be first captain on a new vessel, so it's a great opportunity.
The next generation of vessels and rigs
- One of Maersk Tankers’ new vessels is featured in a new Discovery Channel television series, which shows Maersk’s energy supply chain by following company experts and subcontractors as they design and build the next generation of vessels and drilling rigs.
- Filming took place mainly in Denmark, Norway and South Korea and the series is currently being broadcast.
"It's quite a privilege,” says Captain Piotr Wieczorek. “It is always very nice to be first captain on a new vessel, so it's a great opportunity."
Although the crew is not yet manning the bridge and its systems are not yet up and running, Captain Wieczorek – who has been working at sea for 18 years, the last two of them with Maersk Tankers – already radiates pride in his new vessel. He is ready to steer out on the oceans with a vessel that is more efficient than similar sized product tankers built 10–15 years ago.
The Maersk Timaru, a 182-metre-long product tanker that is one of the most efficient in Maersk Tankers’ fleet, was completed in late October. She had just been out of the Sungdong shipyard in South Korea for sea and cargo trials, and her captain was happy with the result.
All about efficiency
Maersk Tankers has the crude product tanker industry’s largest fleet and the Maersk Timaru is one of more than 80 vessels carrying products such as gasoline, naphtha and palm oil.
Rates have fallen in the third quarter of 2016, but the planned investment in 19 new vessels to renew parts of the fleet is helping Maersk Tankers to stay competitive in the market. They are designed to accommodate customer requirements, such as higher efficiency, which in turn will help to add value to their business and to that of Maersk Tankers.
Its Taking Lead strategy includes cost leadership, delivered in part through more efficient vessels like the Maersk Timaru. A critical component in this is the development and use of a highly advanced market model and data analysis, making it possible to more accurately forecast which markets and cargo yield the highest rates and position the vessels accordingly.
“We have gained our market leader position by delivering on the strategy. Today, we are a top quartile performer in the industry, and we will continue to push the boundaries to retain our position – particularly through using more advanced data and models when we make commercial decisions,” says Christian M. Ingerslev, the newly appointed CEO of Maersk Tankers.
A connected vessel
From the bridge, Captain Wieczorek surveys the forested hills surrounding the yard and looks forward to when the vessel is fully connected, feeding in data to build up banks of information which will be used for business decisions.
He points out the smooth hull and propellers designed to ease passage through the water, and other features that will make taking charge of the Maersk Timaru a truely exciting experience.
"The vessel has been designed specifically to save fuel. She has a more efficient engine, different hull dynamics, the propeller is designed to be better at moving the water,” Captain Wieczorek says.
“We even have LED lights on board to use less energy. This and the other new vessels are the most efficient and advanced vessels in the Maersk Tankers fleet.”
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