Singapore: Swire Bulk Logistics, the industrial shipping division of China Navigation Company, has formed a partnership with New Zealand’s Golden Bay Cement, a trading division of Fletcher Building, to build, own and operate a dedicated, self-discharging cement carrier.
The 9,000dwt vessel, named Aotearoa Chief, has been ordered at Jinling shipyard in China. The vessel is specifically designed to operate on the New Zealand coast, and is expected to commence operations in late 2016.
Chris Blake, New Zealand country manager for China Navigation, said, “China Navigation Company aims to build winning, sustainable and long-term relationships with our customers. This partnership reinforces CNCo’s commitment to developing New Zealand’s coastal shipping industry, and is critical in supporting the country’s infrastructural development.”
The Aotearoa Chief will become China Navigations’s first self-discharging cement carrier.