TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (THICI) successfully named and delivered “MV Frontier Zone”, a 180,000 deadweight metric ton (DWT) capesize bulker, the biggest class ship ever built in the Philippines on January 20, 2014 at its shipyard in Buanoy, Balamban, Cebu.
“MV Frontier Zone” is the 173rd ship of THICI since its inception in 1994. She was officially launched last year of August 28. Frontier Zone is one of the four capesize bulkers on the order book of 2013. The ship’s length is 286.90 meters, 45 meters in breadth, and 24.50 meters depth. She has 9 cargo holds that are electric motor driven hatch covers that can load up to 200,000 cubic meters of cargo. Loading and discharging of cargo are done through land based equipment at the ports of call. The ship’s upper deck area is enough to accommodate 30 basketball courts or two football fields of standard size.
Frontier Zone sailed to Singapore port prior to her cargo loading destination.
The first capesize of THICI, the Tenshu Maru was named by the President of the Philippine Republic President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
THICI’s capesize ships are constructed at its semi-tandem building dock that is 450 meters long by 60 meters wide and 9 meters deep.
Capesize bulkers are generally used in transportation of iron ore, coal and commodity raw materials.
As 2014 begins, Tsuneishi sets to deliver 20 ships this year that are already on the order book with two 180,000 DWT type CAPE SIZE bulker, 11 ships of 82,000 DWT type KAMSARMAX bulker, six ships of 58,000 DWT type HANDYMAX bulker, and one 45,000 DWT Box type bulker.
Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Group received 60 ships order in 2013, thirty (30) of which are expected to be built in THI and is estimated to be delivered in 2016 and 2017. “I would like to thank our employees for their efforts and pro-activeness, as well as our ship-owners and business partners for their trust. There are a lot that we can be grateful for despite all the challenges,” said THICI President Hitoshi Kono.
Also, last week of January 15, THICI delivered a 58,000 DWT metric ton type Handymax bulker “MV Crimson Queen”, she sailed to an Indonesian port to load coal. Another delivery of a 58,000 DWT, the “MV Paradise Island”, making it three deliveries for the month of January.
This coming February 5 and 6, THICI will launch an 82,000 DWT KAMSARMAX bulk carrier.
Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THICI) is one of the leading shipbuilders in the world.
THICI ships out vessels of up to 180,000 deadweight tons to different parts of the world from the town of Balamban, Cebu in the central Philippines using the same high quality shipbuilding technologies and standards as those in Tsuneishi Japan.
Shipbuilding, ship repair and manufacturing of outfitting for ships and vessels constitute the main business of the company.
Being diverse and multi-affiliated, THICI also engages in the engineering and Fabrication Services.