TCC takes delivery of CSK Longevity

June 27, 2014

TCC Group is honoured to announce that it has taken delivery of “CSK Longevity”, a Panamax bulk carrier of D/W 77,100 M.T., from Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. at its Marugame Headquarters, Japan on 11th June 2014. About 50 representatives from the ship owner, shipyard, financiers, insurer and guests witnessed this momentous occasion.

“CSK Longevity” was christened by Miss Ellen KOO, the great granddaughter of the late Mr. C.S. KOO; and daughter of Mr. Kenneth KOO, Group Chairman and CEO of TCC Group.   Miss Ellen KOO, the 4th generation of the KOO family since the founding of TCC in 1916, delivered the following speech that marked the official naming of the vessel:

“I Name you
Your name represents Legacy and Tradition
Three generations of strong and sturdy vessels have carried this name – “Longevity”
You are the Fourth of an honoured lineage
Continue the legacy and tradition which is yours to carry
Navigate the Seven Seas safely
Carry your life-giving cargoes reliably
May “Longevity” be the hallmark of your fortitude and strength”  

CSKL naming

Picture (from left to right): Mrs. Helen KOO, Miss Ellen KOO and Mr. Kenneth KOO

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Picture: The naming ceremony of “CSK Longevity”

The vessel carries the prefix initials of “CSK” in her name in memory of TCC Group founder, Mr. C.S. KOO. The name “Longevity”, not only reflects the century-old foundation of the TCC Group, it is also the 4th of four generations of vessels carrying this name.   The first “Longevity”, a 43,000 deadweight tons handymax bulk carrier “Silver Longevity”, built in 1968, was christened by Mr. C.S. KOO. Subsequent “Longevities” included the 1981 built 69,000 deadweight tons Panamax bulk carrier “Longevity” and the 2001 built 173,000 deadweight tons capesize bulk carrier “Lowlands Longevity’.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kenneth KOO thanked Imabari shipbuilding team and craftsmanship for their dedicated professionalism and efforts in constructing and delivering timely a modern vessel of very high standard; and believed that “CSK Longevity” will further enhance TCC Group’s competitiveness in the bulk carrier segment.

“CSK Longevity” is the first newbuild in a series of two that are being built at Imabari shipyard. The sister vessel is scheduled for delivery in mid-2015. Upon delivery, “CSK Longevity” takes her maiden voyage to the US West Coast to load grain cargoes.

CSK Longevity 

Picture: “CSK Longevity”