Tønsberg, Norway-headquartered Saga Forest Carriers, part of the Hesnes Group, has taken delivery of the 55,596dwt Saga Future, the first in a series of eight 200m by 32.2m open-hatch bulk carriers it is having built in Asia by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd. Known as the ‘Future’ class, the ships have been fitted out to use shoresideelectrical power while at berth and all carry advanced ballast water treatment systems.

In addition, fuel tanks have been protected with cofferdams to provide extra protection against oil spills. All eight ships are expected to be in service by the end of this year, with Saga Fortune and Saga Falcon following Saga Future from the Daewoo yard.

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