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Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:16

Rongsheng VLOCs strengthened

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>> Hangzhou: Four very large ore carriers under construction at China's Rongsheng Heavy Industries for Oman Shipping for long-term charter to Brazilian miner Vale have received added strengthening since last year’s damage to Vale Beijing.

However, the Omani owner has said that the adjustments made have been “small” and that the company is “comfortable” that the 400,000 dwt vessels, all due for delivery this year from Rongsheng, are structurally safe.

The company emphasized that the design was a different one to that of Vale Beijing, which was built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea, and that the design had since been subjected to various analyses.

While the VLOCs in the valemax building programme share characteristics such as size and dimensions, each of the yards involved has its own design and way of constructing elements of the hull.

The first two of Oman’s quartet of giant bulkers, Vale Liwa and Vale Sohar, have both been floated out since mid-March.

The owner and yard have agreed to put the delivery dates back by a few months. The two ships are now due to undergo sea trials next month and should be handed over in June. The second pair of Oman Shipping VLOCs are due to be delivered later in 2012.

(Source: Asiasis)

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