A MIXED TRADING PICTURE FOR TURKISH TANKER INTERESTS
In recent months Turkish shipyards have performed strongly in winning export business. There has, though, been less success with stainless steel chemical tankers and product carriers. Productivity dipped and customers like Essberger lost patience with lengthening delays. Signs of better days are being welcomed. RMK Shipyard delivered the 7,000 DWT product carrier Rose PG in September 2017 to Pritchard-Gordon Tankers Ltd, based in Tyne and West Sussex. The same month saw the laying of the keel of an exercised option for a sistership, to be named Lily PG. It is scheduled to be delivered in Q2 2018.
RMK is currently the most successful builder for tanker tonnage. It is putting finishing touches to the first of a pair of 9,400 dwt bitumen tankers for Tarbit Shipping, Sweden. The vessels were designed by FKAB Marine Design. Both were ordered in 2015, with the second unit due for delivery in April 2018 (there will probably be slippage, though). In June this year the Istanbul shipyard will build its biggest ship: a single 15,000 dwt product carrier for an undisclosed Turkish account. Delivery is due in January 2019.
From the article "A Mixed trading pictre for Turkish tanker interests" published in Tankershipping.com on 09 Oct 2017