Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping on Friday closed a newbuilding deal for up to four 32,000 dwt mpp ships. The tramp ship owner and semi-liner operator, trading under the brand name Chipolbrok, ordered the vessels at Shanghai Shipyard, a member of the state-owned CSSC group.
The ships will be designed to transport a mix of breakbulk, containers and project cargo, and they will be equipped with two 350 tonne cranes, which can work in tandem to handle single loads of up to 700 tonnes.
Chipolbrok committed to two firm orders and two separate options, which can be taken up or dropped individually. Delivery of the firmly ordered vessels is scheduled for late 2015.
At 32,000 dwt, the newbuildings will be the largest ships in Chipolbrok’s fleet – slightly bigger than the carrier’s ten 30,430 dwt ‘Superflex’ vessels. The first batch of these consists of four ships, built in 2003 and 2004 at CSSC Shanghai Shipyard, while the six sisters that followed in 2009 and 2010 originate from Cosco Dalian Shipyard.
With a crane capacity of 700 tonnes versus 640 tonnes, the Shanghai-built ships will also have a moderately higher lifting power. While slightly larger in terms of deadweight, the new ships are expected to be of roughly comparable design and dimensions as their ten predecessors, which have proven successful and versatile ships in their trade.
Unlike many mpp-carriers that are mainly active on the tramp market, Chipolbrok is predominantly a liner operator that offers regular sailings along a proforma port rotation, which is then frequently adapted to serve ad-hoc demand. Chipolbrok’s mainstay is the carrier’s eastbound round-the-world multipurpose service.