HIROSHIMA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On January 7th, 2015, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (headquartered at Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan) delivered an 82,000-mt D/W type bulk carrier as 200th KAMSARMAX BC.
KAMSARMX BC site
Said vessel --- branded “KAMSARMAX,” an original design developed by TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING, --- marks the 200th ship of the same model produced by the company. Built particularly by TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. (http://www.tsuneishi-zs.com/en/) in China, the ship is to be delivered to buyer KAMBARA KISEN Co., Ltd.
The first KAMSARMAX bulk carrier was completed in February of 2005. 9 years, 11 months, and 200 ships later, the KAMSARMAX vessels account for the top share of more than 28%* of all the 80,000- to 84,000-mt class bulk carriers that have been built since 2000 all over the world. A quick response to new international rules and improvements in performance quality, such as fuel efficiency, has led to this ship’s popularity, resulting to more orders being made for this particular model. As of the end of December 2014, the company’s order book reflects a number closely approaching 300, making the KAMSARMAX the best-selling ship ever of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING.
The KAMSARMAX bulk carrier was the international maritime industry’s first ship type to increase the deadweight of Panamax bulk carriers (vessels whose structural dimensions make them capable of traversing the Panama Canal) from the 70,000-mt class to more than 80,000-mt, and is simultaneously responsible for increasing transportation efficiency of vessels. With a higher fuel efficiency due to having enhanced features that reduce wave and wind resistance, this model has been received well by many customers both in Japan and overseas.
Ever since the first design model was fully accomplished in 2002, we have kept ourselves abreast of international rules, developing products that not only comply with current regulations, but also match and satisfy the user’s needs. In joint studies with the research institutes of Hiroshima University and the Monohakobi Technology Institute, data was gathered from tests using large towing tanks and 1/10 scale models to recreate real sea conditions in order to find optimal solutions in improving the vessel’s energy-saving capabilities and propulsion performance. Features like the MT-FAST (to improve propulsion efficiency) and SEAWORTHY (to reduce wave resistance) were introduced in the 2006 improved model of the KAMSARMAX. In 2010, the model was further enhanced with a high-efficiency, low-vibration propeller developed with TOP-GR technology which, together with the refined hull shape, boosts propeller propulsion capability, as well as having an engine that complies with the NOx emission reduction regulation. The 2012 KAMSARMAX is a ship that made standard the electronically-controlled engine in all subsequent products of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING, including cost-effective fuel consumption functionality.
Mr. Kenji Kawano, President of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING, wishes to convey our group’s message of thanks: “We would like to express our profound gratitude to our many customers and suppliers for their significant support that has allowed us to build 200 KAMSARMAX bulk carriers since 2005. We wish to devote the passion and energy of our group’s shipbuilding bases in Japan, the Philippines, and China into pursuing fuel efficiency, propulsion performance, and easy cargo handling in every ship we design and deliver, paving and leading the way in the worldwide maritime industry.”
The number of 80,000 mt to 84,000 mt bulk carriers built between 2000 and 2014. Compiled by TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING based on data from “Clarkson Shipping Data 2014/3rd Quarter”.
About TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.
A group company of TSUNEISHI GROUP. TSUNEISHI GROUP was established in Hiroshima prefecture Japan, 112 years ago and its main business operations are in shipbuilding and shipping. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING delivers about 60 vessels per year, centered on the 30,000 ton to 180,000 ton class bulk carriers, out of its Tsuneishi Factory, and two foreign factories located in the Philippines and China.