STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd is pursuing the development of the world"s largest Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC).
STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, the world"s fourth largest shipyard, is pursuing the development of the world"s largest Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC). The shipbuilder has confirmed that STX Offshore & Shipbuilding and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) concluded a cooperative research and development agreement to build 40,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) VLOC.
Until recently, 29,800 DWT VLOC constructed by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in 2007 has been the world"s biggest VLOC in existence, indicating that the shipbuilder will be able to succeed in expanding its current DWT capacity by 10,000 within a short span of two years upon the completion of the 40,000 DWT VLOC. The new model of VLOC is expected to be completed by July of this year, starting off with researches on fuel tank arrangement structure and optimum structure from this month.
ClassNK, a co-developer of the project, is a Japan-based public service foundation that focuses not only on inspection and approval of safety concerning ship, ocean structure and plant, but is also engaged in technology service and research and development.
?The development of the world"s largest VLOC by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding and technologically-advanced ClassNK, will help STX win more orders,? and added, ?The soon-to-be-developed carrier is expected to slash freight fees backed by its light ship weight and enhanced safety.?