With a growing number of vessels sailing under the Swedish flag, conditions will improve for preserving Swedish shipping expertise and the potential for Sweden to be a driving force internationally in environmental and shipping safety initiatives. A strong shipping sector generates jobs, both at sea and on land.
“After experiencing a negative trend in Sweden for almost 10 years, with fewer and fewer vessels sailing under the Swedish flag, the conditions are now right to reverse that trend. This reflagging ceremony is something we hope will mark the starting point for a major turnaround, and I feel it is a bold move on the part of Furetank to lead the way,” said Dan-Erik Andersson, Operations Manager at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port.
First of several reflaggings
It was in December last year that Furetank, together with the shipping operators Älvtank and Erik Thun, announced that they had six newbuilds in the pipeline that will sail under the Swedish flag. Three of these belong to Furetank, with roll-out commencing in April 2018. At the same time, the company reported that two existing vessels, Furu West and Furu Nord, will be reflagged, a process that has already commenced.
“This is the start of what we promised back in December, and it is extremely satisfying that we have been able to deliver on that promise. We have faith in this system, and it fits in well with conditions at Furetank. A number of details still need to be ironed out if we are to see a widespread influx of reflaggings by our fellow shipping companies, which I and many others are hopeful about,” said Furetank chief executive Lars Höglund.