Tsuneishi Shipbuilding completed the construction of its first TESS38 “WECO JOSEFINE” at one of its overseas shipyards, TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. and delivered it to the ship owner on January 15th, 2018. This first “TESS38” 38,300-tonne bulk carrier is also capable of log transport, and provides greater cargo capacity by realising energy savings.
The company stated, “The “TESS38” is a new handysize carrier in the TESS series*1, under which over 400 completed vessels have been delivered. Three metres longer than its predecessor, the TESS35, this new vessel has a total length of 180 metres, enabling an increase of 3,000 tonnes in dead-weight capacity for more efficient transport. Designed to carry a wide range of cargo, including logs, grains, coal and iron ore, the vessel is standard-equipped with a cargo securing device to secure logs on deck and four deck cranes.
“The cargo hatches on the cargo holds are all fitted with end-folding type hatch covers, and the semi-box type holds themselves are well-suited to the transport of steel products, realising excellent handling efficiency and maintainability. In addition, we have increased fuel efficiency by 15.4% over our handysize bulk carriers constructed in the 1990s by equipping the ship with MT-FAST*2 (increases propeller propulsion efficiency) and an electronically-controlled engine, and have made the vessel environmentally-friendly through measures such as fitting a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS).”
Sea News, February 26