Imperial Christens Two Gas Tankers

19.09.2017 – Duisburg - In the presence of about 100 guests, Imperial Logistics International christened two new gas tankers in Duisburg on September 14th. “Imperial Gas 92” and “Imperial Gas 93” (each 110 meters long and 11.45 meters wide) will be used for transporting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and pressurized gaseous products among other things.

The total capacity for gas products is 2856 cubic meters in each case. Each tanker has six load tanks. The new units will replace two older gas tankers from the fleet that will now be decommissioned. The new units will be deployed by Imperial Gas Barging GmbH, which currently operates 17 gas tankers.

Anke Bestmann, Managing Director of Imperial Gas Barging GmbH, says: “The two new units will set new standards in terms of energy efficiency and load carrying capacity. When in operation, the new gas tankers will consume significantly less fuel than their predecessors.” This is made possible by Veth’s innovative dual Z-Drive rudder propeller, where the rudders and propellers form a single unit. Compared to older drive systems, this system requires less fuel and maintenance. Operating data from the main engines, such as fuel consumption, position, speed, exhaust temperature, load and speed, will be sent online to the shipping company’s control center. The ships’ hulls are reinforced with increased protection against collision in the cargo areas, so-called “Schelde skin reinforcement.” Sanitary wastewater will be purified in an on-board sewage treatment plant.

Both godmothers were representatives of customers of Imperial Gas Barging GmbH. Barbara Hoyer, the godmother of Imperial Gas 92, is Vice President of Regional Supply Chain Services Europe at BASF SE, and Dr. Ir. Els Engelbert van Bevervoorde-Meilof, godmother of Imperial Gas 93, is the wife of Ben D. Engelbert van Bevervoorde, Senior Manager Sourcing & Contracting at SABIC Europe.

The hull of “Imperial Gas 92” was built at Plocka Stocznia Rzeczna in Plock, Poland, and that of “Imperial Gas 93” at MD Constructions in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Veka Group in Lemmer in the Netherlands was responsible for further fitting out.

Imperial Logistics International

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African company Imperial Holdings Limited, Imperial Logistics International is responsible for coordinating and managing all the international logistics business of Imperial Holdings Limited outside Africa. The varied portfolio of services at Imperial Logistics International, which has its headquarters in Duisburg, is separated into two divisions: the Group pools all its transport services in the Shipping, Road and Express Freight business units in the Imperial Transport Solutions division. The Imperial Supply Chain Solutions division covers all the services in the contract logistics, contract manufacturing and warehousing sectors for the Automotive, Industrial, Retail & Consumer Goods and Chemicals business units. Working together, both divisions provide a full and transparent range of services from one source along the complete supply chain. Beyond its pure logistics services, Imperial Logistics International has also become established as a process consultant for third parties, a fleet manager for outside car fleets and a provider of insurance services related to particular sectors. Imperial Logistics International employs more than 8,300 people and, including the new acquisition, Palletways, generates turnover amounting to EUR 1.6 billion at 170 business locations.

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The Godmothers of Imperial Gas 92 & 93

Godmothers Dr. Ir. Els Engelbert van Bevervoorde-Meilof (left) and Barbara Hoyer (2nd from right), framed by tanker captains Kay Müter (left, Gas 93) and Uwe Kiwitt (Gas 92). In the center, Anke Bestmann, Managing Director of Imperial Gas Barging GmbH. Photo: Imperial

The Godmothers of Imperial Gas 92 & 93

Imperial Gas 92 & Imperial Gas 93

„Imperial Gas 92“ and „Imperial Gas 93“ on the Rhine near Duisburg. Photo: Imperial

Imperial Gas 92 & Imperial Gas 93

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