Cielo di Ulsan

d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) has expanded its fleet of transport vessels with the addition of two new eco-ships in Vietnam.

The ships worth $62m were launched at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard, bringing the number of vessels in the fleet to more than 50.

The move is part of the maxi $755m investment plan launched by the company in 2012 which includes a total of 22 high performance vessels, of which ten have already been delivered.

Cielo di Ulsan is a 39,000t vessel belonging to the handysize Ice Class, the second ship is a 50,000t product tanker, High Trader. Both the vessels are expected to minimise emissions while offering energy efficient performance.

The ships have been assigned to operate with two major international oil companies for a period of 30 months and three years respectively to transport refined petroleum products.

The newbuildings will join DIS’s fleet of 12 other new eco-ships, including three handysize, three medium-ranges and six LR1, under construction.

"With the addition of other 12 eco-ships currently under construction by 2018, we will further consolidate our competitive position on the global shipping market that today already sees us among the leaders."

The vessels are designed to meet the international standards to be enforced in 2025.

d’Amico International Shipping CEO Marco Fiori said: "We have added two more ships of great construction quality to our young fleet, which are capable of offering our customers safety, efficiency and profitability.

"With the addition of other 12 eco-ships currently under construction by 2018, we will further consolidate our competitive position on the global shipping market that today already sees us among the leaders."

DIS fleet will now comprise 51.83 double-hull tankers, with an average age of 7.6 years, of which 25.33 vessels owned and 26.50 chartered including the ships in joint ventures with other companies.


Image: Cielo di Ulsan. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire Foto / d’Amico International.