TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. received its first order for the newly developed 38,300 mt type log and bulk carrier, TESS38*, from a ship owner in Japan. The order was received for multiple ships of this model, and a contract signing ceremony was held on April 14 at TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. in the Philippines, which was attended by those associated with this order. TESS38 started being developed in November 2014, and sales activities to acquire orders for this ship starting at the end of the same year. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING decided to develop this ship from having perceived a need for a new handy-size log and bulk carrier, arising from the increased demand in resource transportation due to the economic development in Asia, and from the stable demand in small-sized log transportation despite the global economic stagnation.
The newly developed TESS38 is based on the existing TESS35, but with its length extended by 3 meters to 180 meters to increase deadweight by 3,000 tons and thereby enhancing transport efficiency. Based on a proprietary research into how existing ships plowing major shipping routes in the Pacific (including Asia) and Atlantic oceans are being used, TESS38 comes standard-equipped with a cargo securing device that can secure log onto the decks, which is a device often used when transporting log. Furthermore, like the TESS35, TESS38 also has four deck cranes, and is likewise built to realize improved cargo handling efficiency and ease of maintenance by having a hatch cover with a larger opening and a semi-box shaped hold area that is suited for transporting steel products. The ship is also equipped with environmentally-friendly technologies that TSUNEISHI has developed through its efforts in producing the TESS Series and KAMSARMAX bulkers—such as energy saving device to improve propulsion efficiency, as well as an improved ship hull design that reduces wave and wind resistance. These improvements have made TESS38 an eco-ship with an improved fuel efficiency of 15.4% compared to the company’s handy-size bulkers built in the 1990s.
The first ship by this first order for TESS38 is scheduled to be completed in the end of 2017 at TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING will pursue active sales efforts to acquire orders for TESS38 from customers both in and outside of Japan.
* Tsuneishi Economical Standard Ship. The first ship in this series, a TESS40 (40,000-ton type bulk carrier), was completed in 1984. Since then, the TESS line-up has been expanded to TESS45, TESS52, TESS58, and other designs, and in January 2012 the 300th ship in the HANDYMAX Series was completed. The TESS64 AEROLINE was brought to market in May, 2014.
Source: TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.