Klaveness took delivery of the MV Baru – the first of six contracted CLEANBU vessels

On the 10th of January, Klaveness took delivery of the MV Baru from New Yangzi Shipyard in China. The MV Baru is the first of six contracted CLEANBU vessels that will be delivered from New Yangzi Shipyard over the next 2 years, up to October 2020.

This next generation of combination carriers is unique both in terms of vessel design, unprecedented environmental performance, operational and technical efficiency. The CLEANBUs have up to 40% lower CO2 emissions per ton mile transported cargo, and go a long way in meeting IMO’s 2050 targets of a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from shipping.

With the delivery of the MV Baru, Klaveness Combination Carriers will operate a fleet of 10 combination carriers. KCC has fixed-price options to contract a further four CLEANBUs for delivery in 2021.

The vessel is ready for its first employment, transporting tanker cargo from Far East to Australia.


The most efficient and most environmentally friendly bulk transportation solution.

Klaveness has been an owner and operator of combination carriers since the early 1950s. Over this period Klaveness has developed and refined vessel design and equipment, operational procedures and crew training, to provide our customers with the most efficient, reliable and high quality bulk shipping service.

The combination carrier trade in dedicated trade patterns with consecutive switching between dry and wet cargo shipments with minimum ballast between the laden voyages. This efficient trading pattern implies a substantial reduction in emissions per transproted ton of cargo and enables Klaveness to offer lower freight costs to our customers compared to the best alternative mode of transporatation.

Our current fleet consists of 9 specialized CABU combination carriers from 72,500 DWT up to 80,500 DWT. The CABUs have the capacity to transport caustic soda solution (CSS), floating fertilizer (UAN) and molasses as well as all form of dry bulk commodities. Since the first CABU vessel was delivered in 2001, the CABUs have built a convincing operational track record with minimum downtime and have had around 600 consecutive switches from dry to wet cargoes with one single wet cargo claim.

Klaveness has a new generation of combination carriers of about 83,500 DWT under construction at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for delivery during the second half of 2018.

The current customers in our CABU combination carrier business are amongst others alumina refineries, aluminum smelters and salt producers. The main commodities carried are caustic soda, aluminimum, bauxite and salt.

Ship management is performed by Klaveness Ship management (KSM) certified to ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18000.

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