Hitachi Zosen wins VLCC orders
HITACHI Zosen Corp will build five VLCCs (very large crude carriers) at its Ariake dockyard after completing three 3,800-TEU (20 ft equivalent unit) container ships now under construction for China Ocean Shipping Co (COSCO).
The five orders comprise two vessels of 280,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt) for the Golden Ocean group, one 258,000 dwt ship for Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK) and two vessels of 280,000 dwt for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
This is the first time Zosen has received a VLCC order from NYK, and the VLCC order from MOL is also the first in 20 years.
The newbuilding contracts for these VLCCs will keep the Ariake dockyard busy till early 1996.
Since it started operations in April 1973, the ultramodern dockyard has built a total of 26 VLCCs and ULCCs (ultra large crude carrier), including 17 second generation VLCCs (Japan's first double-hulled VLCCs) between September 1988 and September 1993.
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been specified to class the two MOL ships.
Their design will incorporate the new, innovative, ABS SafeHull System for enhancing structural safety.
''This development is certainly a major one for us,'' ABS chairman Frank Iarossi said.
''It is the first time in some two decades that ABS has been selected by a major Japanese ship-owning company to class Japanese-built large vessels,'' he said.
The employment of SafeHull assures MOL, and Hitachi that the most advanced technological methods available for enhancing their durability and structural safety will be applied to the design and evaluation of these two VCCs.