The TESS64 Aeroline bulker Sarita was delivered to Ugland Shipping by Tsuneshi Heavy Industries (Cebu) in November last year marked the 500th vessel of a TEES design to be delivered.
The first TESS newbuilding was delivered in 1984 and the design has seen handymax bulkers grow from a size of 36,000 dwt with Tsuneishi the first to introduce a 40,000 dwt design the TESS40. Other larger variations on the bulker design have since been added such as the TESS45, TESS52, and TESS58.
The 500th vessel the TESS64 Aeroline features a distinctive rounded streamlined shaped bow, with wind pressure resistance reduced by 10% compared to conventional models.
It is also equipped with the Fresh Air Intake System, which improves engine combustion efficiency, and an electronically controlled engine, both of which improve fuel efficiency by around 20% compared to the TESS58, according to Tsuneishi.
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