The New York-listed Safe Bulkers has sealed a deal for the acquisition of a Japanese, 82,000 dwt, dry-bulk, kamsarmax class vessel. The newbuild is set to be delivered in the third quarter of 2026.

This newbuild vessel is a sister vessel to a number of newbuilds in the company’s orderbook with “advanced energy efficiency characteristics,” as the company claims.

The newbuild vessel is designed to meet the Phase 3 requirements of Energy Efficiency Design Index related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and also comply with the latest NOx-Tier III emissions regulation.

Until now the shipowner took delivery of seven ships that comply with the emission regulations.

The Polys Hajioannou-led company revealed that, including this order, has nine newbuild vessels for delivery between 2024 and 2027, two of which are methanol dual fuel.

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, president of Safe Bulkers, said: “Consistent with our ESG strategy, we have placed an additional order for a Phase 3 newbuild targeting a gradual fleet renewal and the subsequent operational and financial advantages associated with it.”

Safe Bulkers counts 46 vessels in its fleet, consisting of 11 panamax, 9 kamsarmax, 18 post-panamax and 8 capesize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 4.6 million dwt and an average age of 10.5 years.

The shipowner said twelve vessels in the company’s fleet are eco-ships built after 2014, and seven are IMO GHG Phase 3 – NOx Tier III vessels built 2022 onwards.