Our history

Four generations...

Shipping culture has affected life for centuries on the small island of Donsö in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago, the home of Furetank. The active owners in the group today are in many ways typical of the strong tradition of seamanship which has existed on the island for many generations.

Since the 1700s, the family’s forefathers have been captains, owners and partowners of a large number of ships with Donsö as their homeport. One of them was the schooner ”Ragnar af Donso”, built in 1874.

Like other ship owners at Donsö, Furetank grew out of the 1950s expansion in the oil trade. Karl Höglund and his two sons, Hans and Per-Gunnar, and others ordered their first tanker in 1954. A larger vessel was ordered a few years later. The fleet was continously refitted and enlarged. Soon the third generation of Höglunds was on its way into the company.
The construction of the vessel Furevik in 1989-90 was a landmark for Furetank. The experience of the whole Höglund family was called upon in a project which marked out Furetank as a modern family operator with a fleet of consistent high quality. The company’s recent history can be described as a conscious expansion, with vessel quality as the guiding star.

After the successful introduction of the FUREVIK the customers focused on somewhat larger vessels and in 1996 Furetank ordered FURENÄS (12.925 tdw), which vessel represented Furetank until 2016. The fleet expanded further in 2001 through the purchase of FURE STAR and FURE SUN. In 2002 Furetank turned to Chinese shipyard Shanghai Edward Shipbuilding with an order for two newbuildings of 17.500 dwt each, later to become FURE NORD and FURE WEST.

In 2009 a new chartering operation was established in Holbaek, Denmark and in 2012 Gothia Tanker Alliance was introduced, now representing close to 40 vessels in sizes between 6.000 – 37.000 dwt.

FURENÄS, FURE STAR and FURE SUN were sold 2014-2016 and will – with start in 2018 – be replaced by 3 wholly owned newbuildings each of 16.300 dwt/20.000m3, ordered from AVIC DINGHENG SHIPBUILDING. These environment friendly vessels will all be dual-fuel (LNG) and built to latest known requirements. No doubt, Furetank continues to be a leader in developing modern intermediate product and chemical tankers

Furetank Rederi

- Sweden

Korsholmebacke 1
SE-430 82 Donsö

Furetank Chartering

- Sweden

Första Långgatan 24-26
SE-413 28 Göteborg

Furetank Danmark

- Denmark

Havnepladsen 4
DK-4300 Holbaek

Nolsö Shipping

- Faroe Islands

Kongsgil 22
FO-110 Torshavn
Faroe Islands

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