Tsuneishi’s second delivery in May now Indonesia-bound

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Friday, May 23, 2014


FOLLOWING the delivery of a 58,000-deadweight metric ton handymax bulk carrier last week, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THICI) named and delivered an 82,000-deadweight metric ton Kamsarmax bulk carrier, the SC-211 or m/v Scarlet Island last May 20.

After the m/v Global Vega, the m/v Scarlet Island is the second ship delivered for May, and the fifth Kamsarmax bulk carrier of its type delivered since the m/v AM Express delivery in 2010.

According to THICI President Hitoshi Kono, m/v Scarlet Island was ordered by a Japanese national. Out of the owner’s five ordered ships, this is the fourth that was delivered. The ship is currently en route to Indonesia to load coal.

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The ship is 229 meters long and 32.26 meters wide, with seven cargo holds equipped with side-rolling type hatch covers. The Kamsarmax bulk carriers are one of Tsuneishi Group’s major products alongside the Tsuneishi Economical Ship Standard (TESS) series.
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The Kamsarmax is the largest vessel that can enter the Port Kamsar of the Republic of Guinea, thus its name, the Balamban-based shipbuilding company said.

Kono said that the company already delivered five Kamsarmax carriers since 2010, with eight more vessels of the same type scheduled to be delivered for 2014.

THICI, being one of the major contributors to the growth of the Philippine shipbuilding industry, has delivered 180 ships since its inception in 1994. Its first
ship, the m/v Sea Amelita, was named after the former first lady Amelita Ramos.

The firm has a total of 20 ships for delivery for 2014 and 60 more ships to be delivered from 2015 to 2017.

The Philippines now ranks as the fourth largest shipbuilding hub in the world.

THICI is celebrating its 20th year in the Philippines. With a total land area of 149.7 hectare to include its Phase 4 extension, THICI currently employs 13,000 people, including subcontractor workers and affiliate companies.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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