German shipping company Hamburg Bulk Carriers (HBC) has taken delivery of its last newbuilding from the 12-strong series, the MV Venture Grace.
The vessel is the final ship delivered by Qingshan Shipyard as the yard was closed down by CSC Group.
The ship features the HBC 43 design, which is based on B.Delta43 from the Finish designer Deltamarin. The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) of the design is 20 percent below the 2020 requirement.
The company started off its newbuilding program by ordering 10 ships in China, the majority of which were financed from HBC’s own equity.
The first newbuilding from the series, Venture Goal, which is fitted with an LNG dual-fuel ready engine, was delivered in 2015. The ship was followed by four more sister ships in the same year. Two ships were handed over in 2016.
The remaining trio was delivered to the company last year. The three ships, MV Eurus Venture, Notos Venture and Zephyr Venture, were sold to a European trading house.
MV Venture Grace was purchased by HBC as part of an en-block resale deal in 2017. The first ship from the batch, La Venture, was delivered in July 2017.
The company’s managed and operated fleet is composed of 29 bulk carriers, based on the company’s website data.