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MV Singan arrived at Port Taranaki on 3 June on its maiden voyage to New Zealand – the vessel will focus on the logs trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic – Photo by Pip Guthrie

Swire Bulk takes delivery of new bulk carrier

Swire Bulk, the bulk division of The China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of its new, log-fitted bulk carrier into service.

The MV Singan will trade worldwide with a strong focus on the logs trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic. On the vessel’s maiden voyage to New Zealand, it discharged a full load of agricultural supplements at Port Taranaki, New Plymouth, before calling at Dunedin and Tauranga ports to load export logs. The vessel is specifically equipped to optimise carriage of logs – a key export commodity.

“New Zealand exports around 21 million tonnes of logs per year, and having leading-edge efficient shipping is important to our forestry exporters who supply the competitive Asian markets,” says Brodie Stevens, country manager New Zealand at The China Navigation Company. “The continued investment in vessels such as the Singan by Swire Bulk provides exporters with a more sustainable supply chain through productivity and efficiency, including the environmental performance credentials of the vessel.”

The vessel was named in February by lady sponsor Mrs Kaori Imoto, the wife of John Swire & Sons board director Jonathan Swire. The ceremony was held at The Hakodate Dock Co shipyard in Hakodate, Japan. 

Optimal speed and fuel consumption

MV Singan is designed for optimal speed and fuel consumption at 12.5 knots in the laden condition. The eco-efficiency additions of a rudder bulb, wake fin and pre-swirl improve vessel hull efficiency, according to Rob Aarvold, general manager, Swire Bulk.

“Log carriage requires a high level of structural stability, which Singan offers. The vessel is also installed with the latest solid-state radar equipment which is integrated with ECDIS (electronic chart display and information system). This ensures compliance with the latest and future requirements, and for system updates to be managed easily,” Mr Aarvold says.

MV Singan is the first ship delivered in a wider order book of ten bulk vessels to be built in Japan. The remaining vessels are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2021. “Swire Bulk’s newbuilding programme will enable us to strategically deliver the largest and most eco-friendly fleet trading in the market. We remain committed to delivering market-leading, innovative and sustainable shipping solutions to our customers with our modern eco-designed vessels,” Mr Aarvold says.

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