China’s leading shipbuilding enterprise, Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (RSHI), and the world’s biggest iron ore supplier, Brazilian company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (VALE) have concluded a new shipbuilding contract for 12 VLOCs – the world’s biggest shipbuilding contract ever.
The contract was signed by RSHI Chairman and President Chen Qiang (front left) and VALE Logistics Executive Director Eduardo Bartolomeo (front row, second from the left), and witnessed by DNV Maritime COO Tor E. Svensen (back row, 4th from the left) and DNV Vice President Bjørn K. Haugland (back row, 5th from the left) among other VIPs.
The contract was signed in Shanghai on 3 August 2008. Under this contract, RSHI will build 12 VLOCs (very large ore carriers) for VALE. Each vessel will be 360m long and 65m wide and have a capacity of 400,000 dwt. The vessels will be the world’s largest bulk carriers. DNV is to class all the 12 VLOCs under this contract.
Read more about these vessels in the next issue of DNV Bulk Carrier Update!