Norwegian shipping company Grieg Maritime has exercised an option to build two additional open hatch vessels with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong’s Longxue yard. The contract, signed in May, includes two firm plus two optional ships, with a carrying capacity of over 82,000 dwt, making them the largest vessels in Grieg Maritime’s fleet. The new ships, dubbed “PulpMax”, are ideal for the G2 Ocean pulp trade and feature eight holds and four electro-hydraulic swing cranes. The cranes have an individual capacity of 75 tonnes and can handle cargo of up to 105 tonnes when lifting in tandem. All ships will be DNV classed and fly the Norwegian flag.
Grieg Maritime’s decision to exercise the option for two additional open hatch vessels demonstrates the company’s commitment to expanding its fleet. With a carrying capacity of over 82,000 dwt, these new ships will be the largest in the company’s fleet, making them well-suited for the G2 Ocean pulp trade. The vessels, named “PulpMax” internally, feature eight holds and four electro-hydraulic swing cranes, allowing for efficient cargo handling. The cranes have a capacity of 75 tonnes individually and can handle up to 105 tonnes when working together. All ships will be DNV classed and registered under the Norwegian flag.
The option to build two additional open hatch vessels was part of Grieg Maritime’s contract with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong’s Longxue yard, signed in May. The contract included two firm ships and two optional ships, with the delivery of the optional vessels scheduled for 2026. The decision to exercise the option highlights Grieg Maritime’s confidence in the partnership and the demand for open hatch vessels in the industry. The new ships will contribute to the company’s growth and strengthen its position in the G2 Ocean pulp trade. All ships will be DNV classed and proudly fly the Norwegian flag.