Norwegian operator Klaveness has taken delivery of the fourth in a series of eight CLEANBU combination carriers. The vessel was delivered from New Yangzi Shipbuilding and will start trading in the second half of September when it is scheduled to load caustic soda from Taiwan to Australia on her maiden voyage. The vessel was named Baleen by Ms. Sandy Guan of Klaveness.
In a statement announcing the delivery, Klaveness said “The
Baleen is named after the Baleen whale, a type of whale which includes the Blue whale – the largest whale and largest sea creature we have today.
Ocean pollution and climate change threatens whales, fishes and all other life at sea. Our commitment to clean oceans is reflected in the naming of our CLEANBUs as they are all named after fish and sea creatures (Baru, Barracuda, Barramundi, Baleen). In KCC’s operations, the Baleen will be part of the most environmentally friendly fleet of deep-sea shipping solutions, ensuring a substantially lower carbon footprint than comparable standard tankers and dry bulk vessels”.
The CLEANBU ships are 82,500dwt vessels that are able to operate as full LR1 product tankers in the wet trades and as Kamsarmax bulkers in dry trades.