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Fenwick launches second vessel

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The 20,000-ton bulk ship ready to be christened the M V Kuniang
 
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Clio Marden and workers from Zhejiang Hongxin Shipbuilding Co Ltd at the launching of the MV Kuniang.

 
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Hong Kong shipowner, Antony Marden of Fenwick Shipping, with his daughter, Clio (left), his mother, Anne (second from right) and his wife, Elaine (right) at the launch of MV Kuniang

MV Kuniang, the new 22,000-ton bulk carrier, was launched at the Hong Xin ship yard in Taizhou near Wenzhou, by the 13-year-old daughter of Hong Kong ship owner, Antony Marden. This is the company's second new vessel this year. The guest of honour, Clio Marden, who is at school in Hong Kong, made the launching speech to the guests and shipyard workers in Chinese. Her grandmother, Anne Marden, was also present at the launching. Anne Marden had launched the previous Kuniang at Hyundai shipyard in Korea in 1980s, the name having been carried by family vessels since Marden's grandfather in Shanghai in the 1930s.

The MV Kuniang brings Fenwick Shipping's fleet to five and is the second of a pair launched at the same yard in 2007. The two vessels will be traded on the spot market and contracts of affraightment from Australia, to Saudi Arabia and New Zealand.

Fenwick Shipping, founded in 1984 by its owners, Marden and Oisten Thorsen, is Hong Kong based and has been a niche player in the Australian market for 20 years concentrating on ‘minor' bulk or cargoes that are not coal or iron ore.

At the launching, Marden said, "Fenwick's new vessels will enable the company to provide customers with much needed capacity while enabling Fenwick to capitalize on the current market strength. All of Fenwick's ships are, and have been, China built and are a tribute to the strength and quality available at Chinese shipyards."