Tsuneishi delivers two bulk carriers to Japanese firms

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Thursday, June 12, 2014


TSUNEISHI Heavy Industries Cebu, Inc. (THICI) delivered two ships in the first week of June.

It named and delivered another 82,000 deadweight metric ton type Kamsarmax bulk carrier, and a 58,000 deadweight metric ton type Handymax bulk carrier on June 2 and June 4 respectively, the company said.

According to THICI president Hitoshi Kono, the Kamsarmax bulker was named M/V AOM Georgina. This is one of the 11 ships a Japanese company ordered and is currently en route to Indonesia with 21 Filipino crew members onboard.

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Kono said the Balamban-based shipyard is expecting one more ship to be delivered for the month. THICI is scheduled to deliver SC-199, a sister vessel of SC-198 M/V AOM Georgina on June 27.

“The ship owner ordered mostly Kamsarmax bulk carriers with expected deliveries until the first half of 2017. For this year alone, we have 12 Kamsarmax in the order book and we already delivered four out of the 12 orders,” Kono said in a statement.

He added the Kamsarmax bulk carriers are one of Tsuneishi Group’s major products alongside the Tsuneishi Economical Ship Standard (Tess) series. The ship is 229 meters long and 32.26 meters wide with seven cargo holds and equipped with side-rolling hatch covers for each.

The other vessel was the Tess58, a 58,000 tonnage Handymax bulker named M/V Majulah Singapura. Kono said it was ordered by a Japanese company and is bound for China to load cement with 21 Filipino crew members onboard.

The Tess58 is an “eco ship” that employs energy-saving technologies in its hull design. It has an electronically-controlled engine, reduced wind resistance, and other features. The ship is 190 meters in length and 32.26 meters wide with a service speed of 14.5 knots.

On June 16 and 23, THICI will launch another Tess58, the SC-219 and an 82,000 deadweight metric ton type Kamsarmax bulk carrier, the SC-214, respectively.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 13, 2014.

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