Cardiff-based Graig Group
has secured seven firm orders for its modern
double-hull ultra handymax Diamond 53 bulk carrier. Graig has ordered two
Diamond 53's from Shanghai's New Century yard, Athens-based Thenamaris has
taken two Graig orders from the same yard, and Scandinavian interests have
confirmed, through Graig, three orders at Shanghai's Chengxi yard. First
deliveries will begin in January 2005. A total of nine options have been
granted by the two shipyards.
"The powerful combination of a robust and practical double hull bulker
design, attractive delivery positions and an excellent financial package,
combined with the peace of mind that Graig's proven Chinese newbuilding
experience brings has attracted these leading owners to order Diamond 53s,"
says Hugh Williams, ceo of Graig. "Now that IMO has backed double hulls, and
IACS is producing firm guidance pointing to the advantages of double hulls
for bulkers, we expect many more to follow their lead. The Diamond 53 design
offers owners and charterers major operational cost savings, while
significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection."
A Thenamaris spokesman
said, "We believe that this new double hull design
offers substantial technical and commercial advantages when compared to
existing designs and we are delighted to become a part of this project."
The Diamond 53 ultra-handymax double hull bulk carrier design has been
developed jointly by Graig and Denmark's' Carl Bro after detailed
discussions with charterers. Graig and Carl Bro have a joint venture design
company based in Shanghai. The vessels will be classed with DNV: - DnV +1A1
Bulk Carrier with full Nauticus package including a full 3-D model. Braemar
Seascope has been appointed as exclusive broker for the Diamond series.
Diamond 53 is a geared, wide hatched, 53,000 dwt handymax bulk carrier with
double hull and a high specification intended to address the current
concerns raised by IMO/IACS around bulk carrier safety. The vessel has 5
cargo holds, equipped with end-folding hydraulically operated hatch covers
and four 36 tonne electro-hydraulic luffing cranes. Further details of the
Diamond 53 design can be found on the www.graigcarlbro.com website.
Graig and CarlBro will shortly be expanding the Diamond range of double-hull
bulkers by launching a China-based design, finance and build package for a
panamax vessel, the Diamond 75. That will be followed later in 2003 by a