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First Vietnam-built Diamond 53s enter service

First Vietnam-built Diamond 53s enter service

Hong Kong: The Graig Group reports that the first two Diamond handymax 53 bulk carriers built in Vietnam have successfully entered service after delivery this summer from Vinashin's Nam Trieu and Ha Long yards. The vessels, Graiglas (pictured) and Florence, were the largest and most advanced ever built in Vietnam and resulted from a close cooperation between Graig, Vinashin and members of the Diamond consortium.

Both vessels are now in service and reports from operators are very favourable. Dilip Nair, gm of Fleet Management, says, "We manage eight Diamonds from Chinese yards and now the first from Vietnam. These are very user friendly ships and very strong ships, built to last. Although because it was a new yard the commissioning was harder, this Vietnam-built ship has benefited from a lot of improved details."

Hayati Okumus, md of Istanbul-based Densan Shipping, says, "We are very happy with the ship, and looking forward to our second one. Compared to the two Diamonds we had from China this one has increased dwt, slightly lower fuel consumption and the steel work and accommodation are better. Also the vibration has been removed, so these are far better ships than the first ones from China."

Vinashin is to build a further 27 Diamond 53s at Nam Trieu and Ha Long, and also 10 Diamond 34s at Pha Rung. The entire $1bn order for the Diamond designs runs to 2011 at present.  [01/10/07]