The Olsson family of Sweden’s Stena Group turned out in force in Hong Kong last week to name the newest in the company’s series of high-specification chemical and products tankers.

Although the 50,000-dwt Stena Imperative (built 2016) had earlier been delivered roughly in the same region, at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), Stena chose Hong Kong as the place to raise its profile. Earlier naming ceremonies have been held at the yard but also as far afield as Singapore.

In line with Stena’s traditional preference for high specifications and correspondingly high investment values, the 13-tanker self-designed series, in which Stena Imperative is the fifth, includes technical features that are meant to pay off commercially as well as in the form of environmental credibility.

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