On 29th Wednesday of September, the Naming & Delivery
ceremony of a 95,000M.T.DW type bulk carrier "DOUBLE
FORTUNE" for her Owner CATALINA SHIPPING S.A., has
been held very successfully with a big party in our Marugame
She is the first vessel of the NEXTER series, which has
been developed as the Post-Panamax bulk carrier of Imabari
Shipbuilding Group. Although existing panamax bulk carrier
has 32.2meter beam to suit with present Panama Canal restriction,
our NEXTER has been designed as the most optimum next
generation bulk carrier which replaces the existing panamax
bulk carrier, having larger deadweight of 95,000m.t. and
larger beam of 38meter.
The main characteristics of NEXTER are as follows:
* Realized larger deadweight of 95,000m.t. by extending
the overall length to 234.9m.
* Restricted beam of 38meter enables NEXTER more flexible
access to world main ports, and achieved high propulsive
* 7 cargo holds allow loading various kind of cargoes
including iron-ore, coal and grain etc.
* Electric driven deck machineries, hatch covers and ballast
valves minimize the oil leakage risk.
Even under laden condition, ballast valves are accessible,
which improve maintenance performance.
* Fuel consumption is improved by the installation of
Hybrid-fin as the energy saving device.
* F.O. shifter is implemented as the countermeasure to
the cargo heat damage.
We have secured over 50 orders for NEXTER from domestic
and overseas customers. Mainly our Marugame shipyard shall
be engaged in the construction of NEXTER, and we will
endeavor to secure more orders.
We sincerely wish that M.V. DOUBLES FORTUNE will cope
with the expectations of the Owner and parties concerned,
and will play active roles in the world wide shipping
field as the new generation bulk carrier predicting the
trend of the future.