U-Ming, SWS and Jotun have signed commercial agreement for the groundbreaking Jotun Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) for U-Ming’s 190,000 dwt dual fuel bulk carrier newbuilding project at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard (SWS) in Shanghai, China. The agreement was signed during a signing ceremony on Teams.
“U-Ming is committed to be the front runner of sustainable marine transport services and our customers’ first choice in dry bulk shipping. As part of our decarbonization strategy, we have been involved in many initiatives driving meaningful changes to reduce emissions. The recent IMO requirements on EEXI and CII is an opportunity to differentiate ourselves by offering our customers highly efficient vessels with significantly reduced operating fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration with stakeholders is the key to accelerate maritime decarbonization and the Hull Skating Solutions offered by Jotun certainly supports and enhances our green ambitions.” said Mr. C.K. Ong, President of U-Ming.
Jotun’s HSS combines the Hull Skater, an underwater robotic device with hull inspection and cleaning capabilities, and SeaQuantum Skate, a purpose developed antifouling coating. The solution will be fitted on one of U-Ming’s four LNG dual- fuel Tier III 190,000 dwt bulk carriers to be built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to support the long term charter with mining giant Anglo American.
“SWS is proud to be the first shipyard in China to offer Jotun’s HSS to our customers. It is a groundbreaking technology and fits well into our program for Green Capesize bulk carriers developed by SWS. This development adds on to our green and modern shipbuilding model and coheres with our pursuit of sustainable development and environmental protection”, said Mr. Zhang Qi Peng, Vice General Manager of SWS.
“I am very happy with the positive response from U-Ming and SWS to adopt Jotun’s HSS at the newbuilding stage. They are shaping the future of a sustainable shipping industry”, stated Mr. Morten Sten Johansen, Regional Marine Director, North East Asia for Jotun. “With HSS we can deliver the promise of an “always clean hull” from day one, helping our customers to maximize the benefits of lower fuel costs, full flexibility in operations and effective biofouling management. Bulk carriers have sailing patterns that are highly dependent on market forces. Shifts in global commodity markets can change the expected idling time, geographical routes and port calls, exposing the vessel to high risks of biofouling that coatings alone may not be sufficient to address. On top of the advanced robotics, Jotun’s HSS also includes proactive condition monitoring – using vessel data, oceanographic assessments and predictive algorithms to adapt the system on the fly”, Johansen said.
U-Ming’s vessels are expected to be delivered throughout 2022/2023.
U-Ming Marine is listed on the Taiwan’s Stock Exchange, one of the nine listed companies within the Far Eastern Group. The Company’s philosophy is firmly established from the foundation of Far Eastern Group’s motto, “Sincerity, Diligence, Thrift, Prudence and Innovation”. U-Ming’s headquarter is in Taiwan, with 3 fully owned subsidiaries in Singapore, Hong Kong and Xiamen to extend their services to worldwide customers. U-Ming owns and operates a total of 61 vessels with total 8.4 million DWT.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“SWS”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of China CSSC Holding Ltd., a publicly listed company controlled by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC). As a leader in the construction of merchant vessels in China, SWS has been devoted to the independent development and upgrading of merchant vessels has completed design of totally 39 types of vessels including bulk carriers, tankers, container ships and gas carriers. Capesize bulk carriers, Newcastle bulk carriers, and VLOC which have been built by SWS occupies a 16% share of the world fleet. SWS’s bulk carrier has become the "the first brand" of Chinese exported ships.
The Jotun Group is a matrix organisation divided into seven regions responsible for the sale of decorative paints and marine, protective and powder coatings. The company has 39 production facilities in 23 countries, 65 companies in 47 countries and is represented in more than 100 countries around the world. Jotun is number 1 in Marine coatings worldwide.