Tern Island – Product Tanker

In February this year, the newbuild chemical tanker Tern Island performed what is believed to have been the first zero-emissions port operation by a tanker. The vessel relied exclusively on a combination of batteries and shore power provided by the Port of Gothenburg.

Built by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard, Yangzhou, PRC in 2021

Owned and operated by Terntank Ship Management

LOA 147m

Beam 22m

GRT 11,445 tons

DWT 14,800

Capacity 16,500 cbm over 14 tanks

Danish flag

Sister ship Tern Fors


Tern Island operates in the North European Oil Trade in the Baltic Sea area within a pool which also includes other vessels from Terntank. She is equipped with an electric power supply hybrid system, including a battery pack, on-shore power supply, and a DC-Link system designed to reduce auxiliary energy consumption during port operations by 99%.


Incorporating an optimized hull and rudder design, the dual fuel main engine, boiler, and auxiliary engines are also designed to reduce the environmental impact by running on biofuels. The main engine is 100% biofuel compatible to run on liquefied biogas or LNG. The onboard battery power is intended for maneuvering and docking operations with reliance on shore power thereafter.


Still in the hands of the fourth generation of the founding family, Terntank’s roots originate in a coastal community on the Swedish west coast in a shop on the island of Donsö which sold groceries and fuel to local fishing vessels. Today’s fleet of 10 modern chemical tankers is managed from offices in Sweden and Denmark.


Feature Image Credit: shipspotting.com