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Preem and Sirius Focus on More Environmentally Adapted Tankers

On Saturday, October 20, the company Sirius names the new environmentally adapted tanker MT Mercurius in Shanghai, China. The vessel is a modern addition to the shipping company's commitment to safer and sustainable maritime transport, with the least possible environmental impact.

"The vessel meets high standards of safety, quality and efficiency, with a strong focus on long-term sustainability and low environmental impact. Among other things, the ship has a hull design and efficient machine, which results in lower fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. MT Mercurius is also prepared to run on liquid natural gas (LNG) for a future LNG infrastructure, "says Jonas Backman, CEO of Sirius Shipping.

The tanker will be long-term leased by the fuel company Preem for deliveries to the company's depots and customers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The Swedish flag ship is delivered to Preem at the end of March 2019 and will have its home harbor at Donsö in Gothenburg's archipelago.

"We are very pleased with the choice of the new environmentally adapted tanker. Preem's maritime transport is a major and important part of the company's operations. Therefore, as in all procurements, we have attached great importance to the ship's compliance with high sustainability requirements, "says Fredrik Backman, Head of Shipping Department at Preem.

Preem's maritime transport applies "slow steaming", which means that the ships adjust speed to minimize the time of anchorage at refineries and ports. This contributes to lower fuel consumption, increased safety and the least possible environmental impact.

Technical facts about the vessel MT Mercurius

  • Product / tank tanks of 7,999 dwt / 9,500 cbm / 119.9m loa / 19.4m beam.
  • The installation of HPSCR reactor to the main machine and Catamis to the auxiliary machines greatly reduces CO2 emissions
  • NOx emissions can be kept below 2 g NOx / kWh.
  • Equipped with dual-fuel machine
  • Stability and strength test for installation of LNG tanks on tires

For further information, please contact:
Jonas Backman, CEO Sirius Shipping, +46 708 97 01 55,
Preem's Press Office, +46 70 450 10 01,

About Sirius Shipping
Sirius Shipping was founded by the Backman family on the island of Donsö in the Gothenburg archipelago. The shipping company has got long experience from performing safe and efficient transports of among other things oil products, biofuels, chemicals and LNG in Northern Europe. The transports are carried out with modern tankers and with well-educated staff, in close cooperation between vessels and shore based personnel. The Sirius group of companies, with approx. 260 employees, are today operating 14 product-/chemical tankers along with 2 LNG tankers, and have got another 2 new building product-/chemical tankers under construction.

About Preem
Preem is the largest fuel company in Sweden. Our vision is to lead the transformation towards a sustainable society. Our two refineries are among the most modern and environmentally adapted in Europe, with a refining capacity of more than 18 million cubic meters of crude oil per year. Our business encompasses production, sales, distribution, trading and goods supply. We refine and sell petrol, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuels to companies and consumers in Sweden and Norway. Around two-thirds of our production is exported. We also have a nationwide service network with some 570 fuel stations for private and commercial traffic. Preem employs around 1,400 people, of which 950 work at the refineries. Preem had a turnover of SEK 69 billion in 2017. Read more at