SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 — The two LNG-fueled handy sized bulkers ordered by Finland's ESL Shipping last November (see earlier story) will now be built at Sinotrans & CSC main yard, Jinling Shipyard, located in Nanjing, China. Originally they were contracted at its Qingshan Shipyard.
ESL Shipping says the shipyard switch "ensures timely delivery and highest quality of the vessels and has no effect on the contract price." At the time the order was placed, the total value of the investment was said to be approximately EUR 60 million.
The two new, ice-class 1A ships will be the first LNG-fueled large bulk carriers in the world and are based on Deltamarin's B.Delta26LNG design adapted to ESL Shipping's requirements.
The new ships will start operating in the Baltic Sea during first half of 2018.