Tsuneishi’s TESS 42 wins first orders

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 01 July 2019


Japan-headquartered shipbuilder Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has received its first order from a shipowner in Japan for several 42,000dwt log and bulk carriers of the TESS42 design.

With growing demand for cargo transport due to economic growth in Asia, Tsuneishi identified a need for a larger version of the handysize log and bulk carriers and developed the new design which maintains the compact size of the TESS38 but has enhanced transportation capability.


The newly developed TESS42 follows the design concept of the TESS38 while improving transportation efficiency, with deadweight capacity increased by approximately 2,000 tons with the same draft and by approximately 4,000 tons at full load. Standard equipment includes a cargo securing device for carrying logs on the deck, making it possible to simultaneously transport both logs and bulk cargo. Like TESS38, this is a very versatile vessel; it is equipped with four deck cranes, wide-opening hatch covers, and semi-box-type cargo holds suitable for transporting steel products.

This vessel, which offers enhanced environmental performance has a scrubber to comply with SOx emission restrictions. With TESS38 as its base, this ship model was optimised to achieve outstanding operational efficiency. Combined with equipment including the newest electronically-controlled engine, it reduces fuel consumption per tonne/mile by approximately 4% or more at the same draught and same vessel speed of TESS38, thus greatly extending cruising distance. This new ship model has both improved environmental and functional performance.

The first TESS42 is scheduled to be built and completed at the builders Zhousan yard in China.

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