Fourth VLOC Joins Fortescue’s Fleet

Image Courtesy: Fortescue

FMG Sydney, the fourth of eight very large ore carriers (VLOCs) ordered in 2014 by Australian iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue), has arrived into Port Hedland. 

The 260,000 dwt newbuilding, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, features a length of 327 meters and a width of 57 meters.

Following the deliveries of FMG Nicola, FMG Grace and FMG Sophia, FMG Sydney was handed over to its owner by China’s Yangzijiang Shipyard.

“It’s terrific to celebrate the successful arrival of our fourth ore carrier, FMG Sydney. This magnificent vessel joins a fleet of ships that has increased the industry leading efficiency of our world class port,” Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Founder and Chairman, commented.

“Our work with the Pilbara Ports Authority and Port Hedland Pilots to design the ore carriers has maximised the safety and maneuverability in the Port Hedland channel,” Fernando Pereira, Fortescue Port and Rail General Manager, said.

A further four ore carriers are being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International, with the delivery of the final vessel expected in mid-2018.

When fully operational, the fleet will provide approximately 12 percent of Fortescue’s total shipping requirements, as explained by the company.

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