A recent grain loader in Vancouver was the unusal geared Kamsarmax bulk carrier MP Kamsarmax 1. Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt., of Mumbai, a privately owned Indian shipping company) she is one of a fleet of geared Panamax, Utlramax and Kamsarmax vessels which are primarily engaged in the movement of coal and fertilizers into India.
Built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
Operated by M. Pallonji Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Delivered in 2017
GRT 44327 tons
DWT 81190 MT
Registered in Singapore
The M. Pallonji Group of Companies was established at the beginning of the last century, primarily as a paint marketing company. Today, the company’s interests have extended to painting including speciality coatings, dredging, barging, stevedoring, cargo logistics, shipping, investment finance, insurance and auto dealerships, all managed by a diverse collection of privately registered companies.
The vessel’s builders, Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. were founded in 1956 with production now centred on Jiangyin-Jingjiang industry zone, Jingjiang city, Jiangsu province and Taicang Province, seated in the north side of golden channel of the Yangtze River.
The picture above left shows the company’s now sold MP Panamax 3 anchored off Mumbai – note picture right which shows the vessel’s 6 cranes being put to use in servicing bulk discharge direct to barge operations.
Ship of The Week contributed by Capt. Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.