Global mining group Anglo American is to become a shipowner, placing an order at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding for the construction of two LNG dual-fuel capesize bulk carriers.
The 187,000 dwt ships will adopt LNG as their primary fuel and diesel as a secondary fuel. Delivery of the ships are scheduled in 2023.
Anglo American operates a chartered fleet of around 30 bulkers. Last November, Taiwanese owner U-Ming ordered four 187,000 dwt bulkers at Waigaoqiao for a 10-year charter contract with Anglo American.
In the meantime, Anglo American announced plans to invest up to $330m in its Brazilian operations this year, most of which will be allocated to increase the productivity of its flagship Minas-Rio iron ore complex.