SS-097, under construction at Tsuneishi Group Zhoushan China, and due for delivery in September, was successfully launched on 27 July, on time and on schedule.
The vessel is the last in a series of six newly acquired bulk carriers of the same design. Ugland Shipping AS has recently contracted six supramax bulk carriers of the TESS 58 design, the last one for delivery in September 2012.
The outfitting work continues and delivery is expected to also be on time as per schedule.
The TESS58 was developed in 2003. By increasing the draft of the TESS52, the load capacity was increased to 58,100 tons without increasing the overall length or width, thus achieving a considerable improvement in economic efficiency. Environmental features include the use of advanced electric equipment on the deck to avoid the danger of oil leaks from hydraulic equipment. The size of the ship body allows easy entry into major ports around the world, and it is popular as the largest Handymax bulk carrier in the world.
Source: JJ Ugland Companies, August 3, 2012