Fukujin Kisen heads to Vietnam for a product tanker

Fukujin Kisen heads to Vietnam for a product tanker

Diverse Japanese owner Fukujin Kisen has ordered one firm plus one option 50,000 dwt MR product tanker at Hyundai Mipo’s Vietnamese joint venture yard for delivery next year. The Imabari-based owner, which can trace its roots back to 1875, has a fleet comprised of dry bulk carriers, log carriers, containerships and product tankers.

The deal is the second contract for Hyundai Mipo this year following on from a similar 50,000 dwt product carrier order from GS Caltex’s wholly owned Sangji Shipping last month.

In other tanker ordering news, Krasnoye Sormovo in Russia has announced an order from Volga-Flot Tanker (VF Tanker) for five 7,875 dwt IMO 2 ice class chemical tankers, due for delivery this year and next.

Another Russian shipbuilder, meanwhile, Nevsky Shipyard has won a contract with compatriot owner Pola Rise for five 7,450 dwt MPPs. The vessels will have a container capacity of 240 teu each and are scheduled for delivery next year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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