Dedicated cement carrier ADVAITA, built at Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Ship Industry Co Ltd in China, has been put afloat.
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), under whose classification the vessel is built, this week announced that ADVAITA was floated out on 30 March 2020.
IRClass said the event was exceptionally significant as many constraints were faced prior to the successful launch, in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“IRClass surveyors braved the constantly changing scenario of both global and local restrictions and immense challenges including movement of manpower, to ensure the float happened as scheduled,” it stated.
At approximately 160m long, the 22,200 dwt ADVAITA is a dedicated cement carrier designed to comply with the latest IMO conventions and codes including SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Lines for worldwide operations.
Mr P K Mishra, head of operations at IRClass, commented: “I’m glad we were able to put into action and demonstrate our ability to adapt and respond quickly to the changing environment. This is a true test of IRClass’s competence and I am extremely proud of our team for putting in the tremendous effort in the face of these challenges and continuing to soldier on even in such exceptional circumstances.
“The safety and wellbeing of IRClass’s surveyors is the top priority for us and all safety measures and precautions are in place for them to carry out their roles.
“IRClass remains truly committed to its members to support their business needs and will continue monitoring the changing circumstances to ensure that their needs are met,” he concluded.