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The dry bulk shipping arm of the Angelicoussis Group Maran Dry Management, recently took delivery of two Newcastlemax bulk carriers, the “Ubuntu Unity” and “Ubuntu Community” from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Ship Building. The two DNV-classed vessels are the first LNG-fueled bulk carriers to join the company´s fleet.

The Greek-flagged 190,000-deadweight vessels are the first dual-fueled bulk carriers in the Greek market, and will sail using LNG, in accordance with class society DNV. The Ubuntu vessels are on charter to global mining company Anglo American.

The new vessels are 299.80 meters long, 47.5 meters wide and 24.70 meters deep, with a design draft of 18.25 meters and a design draft speed of 14 knots.  They can use both LNG and conventional fuel and are equipped with two type-C LNG fuel tanks.

The capacity of the LNG tanks means that the vessels could operate for 20,000 nautical miles powered by gas, allowing the vessels to complete two round-trip routes from China to Australia or one round-trip route from China to Brazil.

“Maran Dry Management, as part of the Angelicoussis Group, is committed to decarbonization and embraces sustainability initiatives to optimize its fleet environmental performance”, said Captain Babis Kouvakas, Managing Director at Maran Dry Management.

“The delivery of these vessels is another milestone in the close cooperation being forged between the Angelicoussis Group and DNV.

These new vessels clearly show the Group`s commitment to driving sustainability in the bulk segment, and are great examples of how the maritime community is taking up the challenge of reducing our environmental footprint through innovation” said Ioannis Chiotopoulos, Senior Vice President, and Regional Manager South East Europe, Middle East and Africa, DNV Maritime.