Singapore-based Winning International Group has signed an agreement with China’s Hengli Group for the construction of six methanol-ready ore carriers.

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As reported, the shipbuilding agreement for six 325,000 dwt ore carriers was signed at the end of June.

The newly contracted ore carriers belong to the WinningMax series and have been designed in cooperation with the Shanghai Ship Design Institute (SDARI), operating under China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

The ships will be 329.99 metres long, 60 metres wide and 30.50 metres deep, with a draft of 22 metres. They will be able to sail at 13.9 knots.

Winning International noted that the ore carriers have been developed to meet the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase III requirements and will be equipped with a 12,000 cbm methanol fuel storage tank, to enable future carbon-free operations using green methanol.

According to the Singapore-based company, the WinningMax vessels will reduce energy consumption per tonne mile by almost 50% compared to Baltic Capesize vessels.

The vessels are designed in line with the company’s green and sustainable development strategy.

Winning International is building a series of ultra-large ore carriers for the sea transport of bauxite and iron ore from Guinea.

Earlier, the company placed an order for two 325,000 dwt ore carriers with CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding and China State Shipbuilding Trading.

The bulkers, which are to be classified by DNV and CCS classification societies, have a depth of 30.50 metres, a structural draft of 22.00 metres and a speed of 13.9 knots. They are also designed to meet the requirements of the Energy EEDI Phase III for ships.

Winning International Group is a large conglomerate engaged in ship owning companies, shipping activities, maritime transhipment, ship management, mining development and railway construction and operation.

The company manages and operates over 100 vessels and has its own fleet of 43 Capesize bulk carriers with a total capacity of over 8 million dwt.