Ardmore names newbuild vessels and delivers Ardmore Seavaliant to Cargill

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Ardmore Shipping has celebrated the naming ceremonies for its first two newbuild vessels, the Ardmore Seaventure and the Ardmore Seavaliant, at SPP Shipbuilding, Korea.  The Ardmore Seavaliant was also delivered to Ardmore Shipping from SPP and then promptly then delivered to Cargill on a 12-month charter.

The naming ceremony for the Ardmore Seaventure took place yesterday at SPP’s Sacheon shipyard, where the vessel is under construction. Nina Costa, partner of Ardmore COO Mark Cameron, had the honour of acting as sponsor, including reading the dedication and cutting the rope to name the Ardmore Seaventure.

The name Ardmore Seaventure was chosen in recognition of the globe-spanning journeys undertaken by Ardmore’s fleet and the spirit of enterprise demonstrated by all those who serve on Ardmore’s vessels.

The Ardmore Seavaliant is the first of Ardmore’s newbuild vessels to be delivered and the occasion was marked at today’s naming ceremony, held at SPP’s Dukpo Shipyard and attended by representatives from Ardmore Shipping, SPP Shipbuilding, Cargill, Thome Ship Management and others.  Lotte Ostenfeldt, wife of Carsten Ostenfeldt, CEO of Thome Ship Management, had the honour of naming the Ardmore Seavaliant.

The Ardmore Seavaliant was named in tribute to the unstinting valour, commitment and professionalism exhibited every day by the crews who sail on Ardmore’s vessels.

Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore Shipping, commented:

“It is a proud occasion to celebrate the naming of the Ardmore Seaventure and the Ardmore Seavaliant and to take delivery of our first newbuild vessel.  We are delighted with the quality of the Seavaliant, which is a testament to SPP Shipbuilding’s deserved reputation for this class of vessel and to the strength of our relationship with SPP.  Taking delivery of the Seavaliant is a significant step for us, as we build a modern, high quality tanker fleet and a business that has a reputation for maintaining the highest standards of operational performance, commercial flexibility and integrity.”

The Ardmore Seavaliant is a 49,999 deadweight-tonne IMO 3 product and chemical tanker, built to SPP’s industry-leading design and augmented by a number of specifications to deliver improved fuel efficiency, including high performance hull coating, high specification electronic engines and voyage optimisation software.  She, along with her three sister vessels, has been verified by ABS in accordance with the voluntary energy-efficiency requirements of the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).