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TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Delivers First “TESS38” Ship – Its 38,300-tonne Log and Bulk Carrier

February 23, 2018

TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (HQ: 1083 Tsuneishi, Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan; President: Kenji Kawano; hereinafter, “TSUNEISHI”) completed the construction of its first TESS38 “WECO JOSEFINE” at one of its overseas shipyards, TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (Location: Balamban, Cebu, Philippines; President and CEO: Akihiko Mishima), 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 realizing energy savings.

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).

*1 TESS (Tsuneishi Economical Standard Ship) Series
The series had its beginnings in the TESS40, a 40,000-tonne bulk carrier, first completed in 1984. Subsequently, the lineup was expanded to include the TESS45, TESS52 and TESS58 variations. With the launch of the “TESS64 AEROLINE” in May 2014, and the “TESS999” in December 2017, the total number of completed ships has surpassed 400.
An energy-saving device that fits multiple fins to the front of the propeller to control the water flow and enable propulsion efficiency improvements of approximately 4%. Developed in collaboration with MTI Co., Ltd., a company in the NYK Group.

Vessel name: WECO JOSEFINE      
Type: D/W38,300 mt type log and bulk carrier
Length: 180 m
Breadth: 30 m
Depth: 15 m
Load draft: 10.45 m
Deadweight: 38,300 metric tons
Main engine: MAN B&W 6S50ME-C8.5
Service speed: 14.3 knots
Cargo hold capacity: 47,800㎥

Additional Features
– Equipped with “SEAWORTHY” to reduce wave resistance at the bow. Designed to lower resistance even in high waves, and reduce the sea margin when loaded by up to approximately 5%. Developed in collaboration with Hiroshima University.
– Fitted with accommodation designed to reduce wind pressure. Developed in collaboration with Hiroshima University.
– A strengthened hull structure to allow for heavy cargo such as steel products.

Marking its 100th anniversary in 2017, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan) is the anchor company of the TSUNEISHI Group, which mainly engages in shipbuilding and maritime transport. With manufacturing bases in Japan (Tsuneishi Factory, the HQ) and three overseas factories in the Philippines, China, and Paraguay, the company builds container carriers, tankers, 30,000-tonne to 180,000-tonne class bulk carriers, cruise ships and other ships.

President: Kenji Kawano
Field of Business: Shipbuilding, ship repair
Established: July 1917
Capital: 100 million yen
Employees: 880 (as of December 2017)
Business Locations: Tsuneishi Factory (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)

Shipbuilding Affiliates:
TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (Cebu Island, Philippines)
TSUNEISHI IRON WORKS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
TSUNEISHI TRADING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
TSUNEISHI ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)

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    “WECO JOSEFINE", the first TESS38