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PROMAN SHIPPING AND STENA BULK SIGN METHANOL FUEL JV

Friday, October 4, 2019 

Proman Shipping - the transportation arm of Swiss-based methanol producer Proman - and Stena Bulk are to form a new Joint Venture partnership to operate two methanol-fuelled vessels.

The JV will see Proman Shipping as 50-50 owner of two long term time-chartered ships, under the name ‘Proman Stena Bulk Limited’. It represents Proman’s commitment to building a sustainable shipping sector by using methanol - a safe, clean-burning and biodegradable fuel. For Stena Bulk, this demonstrates a commitment to be one of the leaders in the shipping industry by creating unique in-house solutions and always being in the forefront in respect of innovations.

David Cassidy, CEO Proman, said: “In just 18 months since Proman Shipping’s foundation, we have made substantial advances and this Joint Venture with an industry leader is testament to that work. We are proud to be one of only three companies actively engaged in promoting Methanol as a marine fuel, through this partnership with Stena Bulk. Proman is always seeking out new and innovative ways to use Methanol, and to maximise our fully integrated, diversified platform across the whole value chain, from the production and conversion of natural gas, to the marketing and delivery of end products to customers.”

Anita Gajadhar, MD of Proman Shipping, said: “This is an exciting step for Proman Shipping, which sees us not only partner with a world-leading shipping operator, but also invest in the use of more sustainable marine fuels without compromising on efficiency. We are proud to be partnering with Stena Bulk, who share our commitment to innovation and to be pioneering the use of Methanol as a fuel of the future together.”

Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, said: “This is a new important stepstone for Stena Bulk. We are very satisfied to find a partner like Proman, which has many shared values, giving us this opportunity to enter into their future logistical ambitions. In our history we have built our success with partnerships, a success that we are pleased to share with new partners with equal views and ambitions, leading to further development in our industry allowing new or upgraded innovations that make our industry more efficient and sustainable.”

Claes Leschly Bang, GM Clean and Chemicals, Stena Bulk LLC, said: “We as a global commercial tanker operator, have through our newly developed IMOIIMAX MR tanker fleet created our presence in the worldwide Methanol trade. With Proman as a new strategic partner, we are very satisfied that all our hard work is coming to fruition not only meaning that we can support a very important customer but also create a new joint venture together that we put high value on in respect of culture and vision, taking us a few steps into the future with the ships we will now build together.”

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