TradeWinds by Irene Ang, Saiki City
The Canadian bulker owner took delivery of the 34,500-dwt laker from the Japanese yard and named it Federal Cedar.
The Seaway-size oceangoing ship is the eighth in a series of 16 third-generation sisterships designed for greater energy efficiency. The vessel is said to emit 24% less nitrogen oxide and produces about 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago.
Like its sisterships, the box-shape 1C-classed Federal Cedar is suitable for navigating in winter zones, including the St Lawrence River, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic.
Emiko Shimizu, the wife of shipyard co-president Yoshihiko Shimizu, is the godmother of the Federal Cedar.
The bulker headed to Yeosu, South Korea, to pick up bunkers before heading on its maiden voyage, transporting steel from China to Southeast Asia.
About 20 close partners of Fednav attended the event, including DNV GL’s Norbert Kray and Sumitomo Corp’s Makoto Yamaguchi.
A sumptuous feast at the pre-naming ceremony was held at the shipyard’s new hotel—Olive Bay—where guests sipped fine wine and sake, while dining on sushi and fine Japanese cuisine.
Guests were also treated to a performance of toupies by two traditionally dressed Japanese men, who incorporated some acrobatic stunts into the act. Oshima staff also contributed to the night’s entertainment by taking part in a lion dance, which brought much laughter.
As the night progressed, Fednav’s team followed their hosts in that most Japanese of traditions—karaoke. Led by Oshima president Nobuyuki Minami and Fednav president and co-chief executive Paul Pathy, around 40 guests gathered to sing the night away.