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Tsuneishi launches its 1st ‘eco-ship’ in Balamban

Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THI) launched in December a premium class vessel that features higher fuel efficiency and a design that reduces wind resistance.

THI said in a press statement that the SC-220 is its first “eco-ship.” It is a 58,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) bulk carrier that features the higher fuel efficiency design of the TESS58 and the new Aeroline technology for reducing wind resistance.

THI TESS58 Aeroline launching
LAUNCHED. The SC-220 launching ceremony last December at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. Slipway No. 2 in Balamban, Cebu. (Contributed photo)

The ship is designed for low fuel consumption. It also has a technology that collects exhaust heat from the generator engine that is then converted into energy for the auxiliary boiler. It is also equipped with TOP-GR (Tsuneishi Optimized Propulsive Gear) propellers for lower vibration and higher propulsion efficiency.

The ship also has a Fresh Air Intake System (FAIS) that boosts engine fuel efficiency. The SC-220, according to the company, will be delivered this March.

“Our shipbuilding business led by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding is continuously seeking ways to build ships that are competitive in quality, price, delivery lead time and with an eco-friendly performance. We are building Tsuneishi flagship products, and therefore we are united to deliver excellent ships. Tsuneishi Heavy Industries has maintained and always will have ‘Only the Best, World-Class Tsuneishi Quality.’” — Akihiko Mishima, THI’s new president

THI said it delivered two vessels last January 9 and 22; a 82,000 deadweight metric ton type Kamsarmax bulk carrier, SC-226 M/V Capricorn Trader, and a 58,000 deadweight metric ton type Handymax bulk carrier, SC-231 M/V Kellet Island respectively.

M/V Kellet Island is en route to Hongkong, while M/V Capricorn Trader is bound for Singapore for bunkering then cargo loading in Australia. Both ships are owned by Japanese nationals.

THI, a joint venture between the Tsuneishi Group and Aboitiz Group, has delivered 191 ships since it started building vessels. IT delivered 20 ships in 2014. This year, THI is set to deliver 18 ships.

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