EPS welcomes second LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulker in its fleet

Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping has taken delivery of the second LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulk carrier that will serve Australian miner BHP.

China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, a part of CSSC, said in a statement it delivered the dual-fuel 209,000-dwt, Mount Nova Terra, on May 23.

Earlier this month, the vessel had completed “two-in-one” trials.

The vessel is about 300 meters long, 50 meters wide, and has a designed draft of 18.4 meters, according to EPS. Also, it features ME-GI engines and two type C LNG tanks.

EPS welcomes second LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulker in its fleet
Image: SWS

Such as the first ship in this batch of two, Mount Nova Terra will transport iron ore between Western Australia and Asia under a charter deal Idan Ofer’s EPS signed with Australian miner BHP.

BHP has chartered in total five LNG-fueled Newcastlemax bulk carriers from EPS for five years and awarded the LNG fuel contract to Shell.

As previously reported by LNG Prime, SWS delivered the 209,000-dwt Mount Tourmaline to EPS in January this year.

Afer that, BHP, EPS, Shell, and FueLNG, a joint venture between Shell and Keppel Offshore & Marine, welcomed the vessel in Singapore.

The partners claim this is the world’s first LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulker.

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