Tønsberg, Norway-headquartered Saga Forest Carriers, part of the Hesnes Group, has taken delivery of a series of eight 200m by 32.2m open-hatch bulk carriers from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding. Known as the Future class, the ships have been fitted to use shoreside electrical power while at berth, and all carry advanced ballast water treatment systems. In addition, fuel tanks have been fitted with cofferdams to provide extra protection against oil spills.

For cargo handling, they are equipped with twin travelling gantry cranes of 42 light tons lifting capacity with extendable arms and rain protection canopies. Over 64,380m3 of capacity is available in the cargo holds for bulks, and 650TEU can be carried on deck and 1,380TEU in the holds. JS

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