U-Ming takes delivery of 4th LNG-powered bulker destined for Anglo-Eastern

Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) has delivered the fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered bulk carrier to Taiwanese bulk carrier company U-Ming Marine.

As disclosed, the delivery and the naming ceremony took place at the shipbuilders’ yard on 22 March. The vessel was named Ubuntu Loyalty.

The 190,000-dwt dual-fuel dry bulk carrier is a next-generation ship independently designed by SWS. The ship is equipped with MAN B&W 6G70ME-C10.5-GI dual-fuel main engine, which meets the fourth stage of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) regulations.

Credit: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding

By delivering the latest vessel, the Chinese shipbuilder completed the entire project which included building four LNG-powered vessels for U-Ming.

To remind, about a month ago, U-Ming took delivery of the third vessel Ubuntu Integrity from SWS. The length of the ship is 299.80 metres, the width is 47.5 metres, the depth is 24.70 metres, the design draft is 18.25 metres, and the vessel can reach a speed of 14 knots. The ship uses LNG fuel and is equipped with two C-type LNG fuel tanks. 

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The sister vessels Ubuntu Harmony and Ubuntu Equality were delivered in December 2022 and January 2023, respectively.

All four vessels have been chartered by mining giant Anglo-Eastern on long-term deals of 10 years each. 

According to Anglo American, the Ubuntu fleet is a key component of its ambition to achieve carbon neutrality for its controlled ocean freight by 2040 – with an interim target to reduce emissions from these activities by 30% by 2030.

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