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In the present issue of the popular "Bulk Carrier Update" publication officially released by one of the recognized and respected class societies in the world, DNV GL, the team of the authors wanted to focus on ship design matters. They decided to interview some of the experienced players of bulk carrier design field who have been working over the past several years in order to check their professional opinion regarding the various important processes that are currently taking place. These people were kind enough to share their views on the current design trends. In addition to the ship design issues, the publication also provides some regulatory update and necessary information on the current operational challenges such as financing, cargo liquefaction etc. Among the topics included in the present release there are also new construction specification services, emission limits, fuel changeover, liquefaction of the cargo, new AIS Business Intelligence Service introduced and explained, some questions answered by the DNV GL professionals, etc. In fact, all latest developments that took place in the industry have found their reflection in this publication, making it very interesting and useful for the both newcomers and pro's due to the amount and topicality of the information provided.