Chartered VLCC Makes First Kawasaki Port Call
The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 'Takamatsu Maru' has arrived at the Kawasaki refinery of TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. The 158,000 dwt tankship was chartered by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. from NYK Lines, after the company purchased virtually all of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Japan business. The vessel was built by IHI Marine United Inc. and delivered in June, 2012. TonenGeneral Sekiyu has also assumed the charters of two additional VLCCs — Taiga and Tamba — bringing to three the number of vessels currently chartered by the company from NYK.
LNG Solutions for Large Container Vessels
LNG Solutions for Large Container Vessels the Focus of GL and IHIMU Joint Development Project. LNG as ship fuel is already a proven alternative for short sea shipping, but what about the primary engine of global trade - the boxship? To investigate and develop solutions for large LNG fuelled container vessels classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and IHI Marine United Inc. (IHIMU) signed an agreement for a joint development project (JDP). GL and IHIMU will be working together on a concept study for a 13,000 TEU container vessel fuelled by LNG.
Eagle Bulk Shipping Takes Delivery of Imperial Eagle
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) announced that it has taken delivery of Imperial Eagle, a Future-56 class, 56,000 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel. The vessel has entered into a one-year time charter tied to the Baltic Supramax Index (BSI), ensuring Eagle participates directly in strong rates in the spot market while retaining the stability of a one-year charter. The Imperial Eagle represents the final of five newbuilds constructed under contract with IHI Marine United, Inc., a Japanese shipyards.
ABS Adds to Membership
At the recent ABS Council meeting in N.Y., 40 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the international classification society. The ABS Council also elected two new members to the society’s Technical Committee. “ABS governance is vested in a membership comprised of distinguished individuals drawn from the international shipping, shipbuilding and offshore industries, from academia, the insurance sector and other related disciplines,” said ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville. Akimitsu Ashida, President, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Noel L.