First B.Delta37 bulk carrier delivered to China Navigation fulfils performance expectations

First B.Delta37 bulk carrier delivered to China Navigation fulfils performance expectations

CNCo MV Wuchang bulk carrier based on Deltamarin's B.Delta37 design

Deltamarin and Lloyd’s Register are very pleased to announce that on 18th October China Navigation Company (CNCo) took delivery of MV “Wuchang”, first of the 39,000 dwt B.Delta37 bulk carriers of Deltamarin design built under Lloyd’s Register’s approval and survey at Chengxi Shipyard in China.

Deltamarin’s B.Delta37 design has attracted significant attention in the industry due to the best in class (handysize segment) performance in terms of a range of parameters such as low fuel oil consumption, low emissions, EEDI, deadweight intake and lightweight particulars. On top of this the vessel has excellent manoeuvrability and performance in heavy seas as experienced during the sea trials.  This is achieved through a very optimised and energy efficient design with particular focus on optimal hydrodynamic performance and lowest possible lightweight without compromising either the cargo intake or the hull structural integrity. Detailed structural finite element analysis and fatigue design assessments in accordance with IACS’ Common Structural Rules have been used to verify the hull structural integrity.

The high performing design characteristics have been validated during the inclining experiment and sea-trial conducted prior to delivery. The estimated lightweight particulars (weight and centre of gravity) are confirmed to be within the acceptable limits of the actual lightweight details derived from the inclining experiment, and accordingly the corresponding contracted cargo capacity are also confirmed.

Although the “Wuchang” was contracted prior to the EEDI requirement coming into force 1st January 2013, CNCo and Deltamarin requested EEDI verification on a voluntary basis from Lloyd’s Register. Accordingly the EEDI value has been calculated and verified based on model testing and during sea-trials and the derived EEDI value is confirmed to be well over 20% below the applicable baseline for bulk carriers.

Lloyd’s Register and Deltamarin enjoy mutual beneficial cooperation on many joint newbuilding projects for various ship types and designs, and this newbuilding project at Chengxi Shipyard for CNCo has further strengthened the collaboration between Deltamarin and Lloyd’s Register as well as with CNCo and Chengxi Shipyard.

“Wuchang” has newbuilding number CX0341 from Chengxi Shipyard and is the first in the series of 16 ships of this optimised B.Delta37 design from Deltamarin ordered by CNCo to Lloyd’s Register’s class at Chengxi Shipyard and followed by additional four at Ouhua Shipyard. So far totally 53 B.Delta37s have been contracted in 5 different Chinese Shipyards.

For more information please contact

Kristian Knaapi Deltamarin
Kristian Knaapi
Sales, cargo ships
Tel. +358 2 4336 453
Mobile +358 40 7006 905


Lloyd’s Register
Mr. Nicholas Brown, Marine Communications Manager
Tel. +44 23 8024 9638
M + 44 77 6987 8501

About Lloyd’s Register:
Lloyd’s Register provides independent assurance to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors. We enhance the safety of life, property and the environment by helping our clients to ensure the quality construction and operation of critical infrastructure.

About CNCo:
The China Navigation Company (CNCo) is the wholly owned, deep-sea shipowning and operating arm of the multi-national Swire group. CNCo was founded in 1872 in Shanghai and started its operations trading on China’s Yangtze river. Since then the company has expanded globally while its primary operational focus remains in the Asia-Pacific region.  The Company operates a global network of multi-purpose liner services for the transportation of containerised, breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargoes in addition to providing drybulk and bulk logistics services.

About Chengxi Shipyard:
Chengxi Shipyard Co., Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China CSSC Holdings Limited. Chengxi Shipyard was established in 1973 and is located in the Yangtze Delta, Jiangyin city, Jiangsu province.


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