MSS Chrome the new bulk carrier is the largest cargo vessel in Maldives, purchased by Maldives State Shipping (MSS) is arriving this month with its first shipment of sand and aggregates. This is the second vessel MSS purchased with a third purchase being MSS Graphene, a container vessel that was purchased earlier this week and set to arrive in Male’ during June. Before its own vessels were purchased, MSS had been using chartered vessels for their cargo imports.
The current Vessels owned by the company are;
MSS Galena is a container vessel with 680 TEUs
Management details of MSS Galena
The Ship manager/Commercial manager is STATE TRADING ORGANIZATION PLC.
Classification society is DNV-GL since 15/05/2012.
|ISM Manager||STATE TRADING ORGANIZATION PLC|
|Registered owner||MALDIVES STATE SHIPPING|
|Year of build||2002|
|In Service||since 15/05/2002|
MSS Graphene a container vessel with 680 TEUs after the largest cargo vessel in Maldives
A sister ship to MSS Galena.
MSS Chrome/Ex-COSTAS a 43000 DWT bulk carrier, the largest cargo vessel in Maldives
|Ship manager/Commercial manager||SUNRISE OCEAN SHIPPING CO LTD||Room 2403, Block A, New Yangtze International Plaza, 1208, Jiefang Dadao, Jianghan Qu, Wuhan, Hubei, China.||since 20/09/2020|
|ISM Manager||SUNRISE OCEAN SHIPPING CO LTD||Room 2403, Block A, New Yangtze International Plaza, 1208, Jiefang Dadao, Jianghan Qu, Wuhan, Hubei, China.||since 20/09/2020|
|Registered owner||COSTAS SHIPPING PTE LTD||Care of Sunrise Ocean Shipping Co Ltd , Room 2403, Block A, New Yangtze International Plaza, 1208, Jiefang Dadao, Jianghan Qu, Wuhan, Hubei, China.||since 16/12/2019|
|Gross tonnage||26870 (during 1997)|
|Year of build||1997|
|In Service||since 21/01/1997|
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MSS Chrome is a 43000 DWT bulk carrier, becoming the largest cargo vessel in the Maldives and the first bulk carrier by the company diversifying and stepping up its current operations. According to MSS, the vessel will be mainly responsible for carrying construction materials and will enable the construction materials to be readily available all the time in the Maldives. MSS further highlighted that construction materials from across the world will be available cheaper with the bulk carrier.
Earlier this month MSS revealed that for the first time the national flag was hoisted on the vessel, making it the largest vessel ever registered under the Maldivian flag.
The purchase is also a bigger milestone for MSS which was formed as a shipping line of the State Trading Organization (STO). The company was established in February 2020 with the purpose of reducing the price of goods imported into the Maldives. The bulk carrier will help save millions of dollars that would otherwise be sent abroad.
Acquiring the largest cargo vessel helps the company to near its goal of becoming a prominent shipping company in the region. The Maldives was once recognized for having the largest shipping fleet in the area, and MSS hopes to recapture that honor by continuing the legendary shipping line’s position as the region’s largest shipping firm.