Unique Shipping Group
Shipowning since 1966
Unique Shipping Group
THE UNIQUE SHIPPING GROUP
Established in 1966 as a private shipowning and management operation, Unique Shipping has now been successfully developed into a renowned medium-size shipping group in the Asia Pacific region, involving in both the conventional and specialized sectors of the maritime industry.
- Chairman: Mr. Edward S. C. Cheng
- Fleet in company history: 113 vessels (including the current fleet), total over 5.6 million deadweight tons
- Newbuilding in company history: 58 projects
- Policy: develop & secure long-term time charters with reliable charterers
- Ship Manager: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, Hong Kong & Univan Ship Management Limited, Hong Kong
The Current Fleet
- Totally 15 vessels, including 2 Capesize Bulk Carriers, 5 Product Oil Tankers, 3 Product Oil/Chemical Tankers and 5 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Carriers.
- Aggregated tonnage amounted to approximate 0.97 million deadweight tons.
- On the order book - 1 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC).
Unique Shipping group was established in 1966 as a private shipowning and management company, the group has been successfully developed over the years into a renowned medium-sized shipping group in the Far East Pacific region, handling both conventional and specialized fields of maritime industry.
Among the Hong Kong Shipowners, Unique has been known as pioneer for the owning of pipe carriers, woodchip carriers, pure car carriers, reefer carriers, product oil tankers and Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) at different stages.
The founder, Mr. W. S. Cheng, had been living in Tokyo, Japan for over half of a century acting as a conduit between the Japanese period charterers and the Hong Kong shipowners, and was instrumental in the successful rise of the Hong Kong shipowners in mid 20th century.
The group is currently under the leadership of Mr. Edward Cheng, who is the eldest son of the founder. He is a marine engineer with over 40 years of shipping experience; he has been working for the group since late 1960’s and was appointed chairman of the group in 2006.
|●||1968||Delivery of first pair of new building vessels – m.v.“Snow White” and “Princess Aurora”.|
|●||1978||The establishment of Ocean Lines – m.v.”Ocean Ace” and “Ocean Diamond”, business connection was hence diversified from Japanese Charterers.|
|●||1982||Delivery of N.B m.v.“Panther” to enter 10 years charter with European Charterers. Business profile was extended to US/Europe.|
|●||1984||Office moved to Harbour Center in Wanchai from Hang Chong Building in Central.|
|●||1985||Delivery a pair of specialized OBO Carriers, m.v.“Cougar” and “Jaguar”, business connection with European Charterers was further enhanced.|
|●||1991||VLCC of Unique – m.v.“General Monarch”, vessel was manned with Korean officers.|
|●||1992||Delivery of first pair of Reefer Carrier – m.v.“Chiquita Honshu” and “Chiquita Sulu” which is a new move of Unique to reefer carriage.|
|●||1996~1998||Expanding business portfolio to Container business after taking a series of second hand container tonnages from A. P. Mollers – Maersk Tacoma, Maesk Tokyo and Maersk Toba|
|●||1999||Delivery of new design - MR tanker, m.t.“Rainbow Quest” from Onomichi shipyard.|
|●||2003/2004||Delivery of Aframax tanker, “Unique Privilege” and “Unique Priority”.|
|●||2005||Delivery ceremony of “Antwerpen”, a 35,000 cub LPG/NH3 carrier, capable to carry ammonia.|
|●||2006||Taking delivery of a pair VLGC(s) – “Berge Ningbo” and “Berge Nantong” from HHI shipyard in Korea.|
|●||2006||Outsourcing Full Technical Management to 3rd party management company, Anglo Eastern group.|
|●||2007||Delivery of “Unique Carrier” built in SWS in Shanghai, China.|
|●||2010||A big celebration for three events – delivery of three Tanker Carriers – “Unique Developer”, “Unique Explorer” and “Unique Fidelity”.|
|●||2012||Taking delivery of IMO type II/III Tanker, “Unique Guardian” and “Unique Harmony” from Onomichi shipyard.|
|●||2016||The 50th Anniversary.|
Values, Vision and Mission
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