Edition 14



Dear friends,

Another edition of Chemship’s E-Magazine is in front of you and also the next edition of the annual AFPM conference is “knocking on our doors”. As a leading provider of chemical shipping solutions with routes from the USA into the Mediterranean and vice versa, this conference in the “Lone Star State” is an important yearly highlight for us. It is the time of year to meet with old friends and to make new friends as well as the AFPM is the premier conference for professionals in the chemical industry.

This year’s edition of the AFPM will not only be used to explain which excellent service Chemship can offer in your logistical puzzle if you want to bring your precious cargoes from the USG to the Mediterranean or the other way around, we also want to use the AFPM platform to inform our stakeholders about our sustainability initiatives we have been enthusiastically working on. We have been introducing various technologies and best practices to minimize our environmental footprint, but never losing the grip on safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation of chemicals. And we are not stopping with the current achievements, because the sustainable shipping solutions continue to grow. We therefore continue to innovate through collaborations with our partners.

In the days prior the AFPM we will be staying in Houston and are obviously available to meet you. During the official conference in San Antonio, both Niels Grotz (CEO) and Ton Ackermans (Trade lane manager) will be available as delegates and representatives of Chemship.

We are all looking forward meeting you in Houston or in San Antonio and tell you more about Chemship and hopefully together we can “Set Sail Towards Sustainable Shipping”.

Niels Grotz
Mobile number                : +31-631 795 992
E-mail                                 : n.grotz@chemship.com

Ton Ackermans
Mobile number                : +31-623 695 778
E-mail                                 : chartering@chemship.com

Ventofoils on the Chemical Challenger


The shipping industry in general and we at Chemship in particular, are committed to reduce our CO2 footprint, not only by the means of legislation, but also with technical improvements on board of our vessels. In the big “ocean” of global shipping, Chemship has been making waves by installing Ventofoils on board of MT Chemical Challenger, making this vessel the first chemical tanker in the world equipped with “sails”. This wind assisted propulsion (WASP) has been developed by a Dutch startup Econowind and is the most visible measure on board of the ship to reduce the CO2 emissions. The project which was initiated by our operations Director Michiel Marelis, started in September 2021, when he met with the technical professor of Econowind. Michiel had to overcome various challenges and the whole project contained design, testing, re-shaping, class approval, testing and last but not least installation on board of MT Chemical Challenger. A reporter of Tradewinds who was present during the inauguration of the sails asked how much fuel cost could be saved by the Ventofoil, to which CEO Niels Grotz stated, “it is not only saving cost, more importantly it is about reducing the CO2 emissions”.

Michiel Marelis
Operations Director


DEX QM Technology

As said the most visible and eye-catching technology will be the “sails” but our journey towards sustainability doesn’t end there. In an effort to minimize environmental impact of sailing our vessels, we have implemented other technologies which will help to optimize fuel efficiency and thus reduce CO2 emissions. One of the other means to improve our sustainability is the introduction of a special Lube oil, called Dex Oil. The initial testing of this lube oil took place on board of MT Chemical Voyager, where the lube oil was used in the auxiliary engines of the vessel. After promising results in the auxiliary engines, the testing was extended to the main engine of this fine lady. Intensive testing in different circumstances and promising results, made us decide to continue with Dex Oil in order to reduce CO2 emissions on other vessels in our fleet as well.


Silicone coatings

The salty water of the oceans our vessels are plowing through has a very corrosive effect on the steel of the vessels’ hull. To overcome the deterioration of the ship’s hull traditional coatings have been applied to provide a protective barrier to extend the lifetime of our vessels. However, we do believe that in leaving behind the traditional coatings and applying more sophisticated graphene coatings, we can make another step in our Sustainability journey. The revolutionary Graphene or Silicone coatings we are applying to our vessels, enhance hydro-dynamics, which allows the vessel to glide through the water with less effort. These coatings don’t only serve to reduce friction, they also play a crucial role in minimizing the impact on underwater sealife, by (among other things) producing less noice and cleaner seas.

Boss Cap Fin Propeller

The most Reliable Energy Saving Device

Propellor Boss Cap Fins (PBCF)

A PBCF, which are specially designed small propellors which are installed behind the vessels’ main propellor. More official words to describe what a PBCF does are as follows “When a vessels’ propellor is rotating it creates a swirling motion, which is officially called hub vortex (and in ordinary words can be seen as “turbulence”. This hub vortex can increase drag and it will reduce the propellors’ efficiency and thus the vessels’ efficiency. The PBCF is developed and designed to “disturb” the turbulence and improve the efficiency of the vessel. The objective is again to reduce the CO2 emissions of our fleet.


All the initiatives as described above should not be seen in isolation, they are all designed and implemented to significantly reduce our CO2 footprint. Where some measures will create a saving of 8 – 10% reductions, other measures will be scoring a 2 – 3% reduction, but we do believe that all efforts combined will generate a major change in the future of shipping. We as an industry, we only stand at the beginning of an era full of challenges and changes to improve our carbon footprint and what can be learned from what we have done so far, will help us with future developments and decisions to make our fleet more and more sustainable.

Commissioning of the sails

Commissioning of the Sails

On Friday the 16th of February a crowd of 180 stakeholders gathered on board of the fully electric party ship Z9 to witness the “hoisting of the sails” of the MT Chemical Challenger. It was a pleasure to welcome so many visitors which showed the collective excitement and curiosity about this new technology.

With this sustainable party ship, we sailed through the beautiful port of Rotterdam while enjoying a lovely lunch together. It was a rainy day, but finally the sun was shining, and we arrived alongside the MT Chemical Challenger. We had an amazing view of the ship and the newly installed sails, the Godmother of the MT Chemical Challenger Vicky Grotz pressed the button to move the magnificent sails up. We toasted with Champagne and cake to celebrate this special moment together.

We would like to send out special thanks to the captain and the crew of the MT Chemical Challenger for showing their hospitality and corporation while the sails were installed. We wish you all safe sailings. Also, thanks to all the participants for making this project possible.

Together we can be “setting Sail Toward Sustainable Shipping”.

Esther Auée
Management Assistant