The Southern Ace, a new wood-chip carrier for the Hokuetsu Corporation was delivered earlier this week at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki, Japan. The ship will transport wood chips made from logs that have been confirmed to have been legally obtained through sustainable plantations in the Southern Hemisphere. The vessel is an eco-ship that uses approximately 15 percent less fuel compared to conventional wood-chip carriers. These advancements have been made through improvements to the hull form while maintaining transportation capacity and the use of a larger propeller that improves propulsion. The carrier is also equipped with ladder fins that improve water flow generated at the aft-end of the vessel.
Length overall: 209.96 meters
Breadth: 37.00 meters
Deadweight tonnage: 60,222 metric tons
Cargo tank capacity: approx. 4,300,000 cubic feet
Builder: Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Port of registry: Shingu, Japan