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Container ships: Newbuilds delivered to MSC
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest shipping line, has taken delivery of two new post-Panaamax vessels. The 9,403TEU MSC Asov is the first of three wide-beam vessels ordered in September 2010 by Germany’s Schulte Group from the Jiangnan Shipyard Co Ltd, at Shanghai’s Changxing Island, backed by a long-term charter to MSC.

MSC Asov and her sisters MSC Ajaccio and MSC Amalfi have the split superstructure known as a twin-island design. They measure 299m by 48.2m (19 containers wide) and have a 111,000dwt. The vessels have a reefer capacity of 1,000 containers and are to be deployed on MSC’s Far East-SAF-ECSA Ipanema service.

 
Chemical Tanker: Wärtsilä drive for newbuild
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:39

The 1998-built Stolt Capability is to be followed by a new generation of highly efficient chemical carriers being built in China. Stolt TankersThe 1998-built Stolt Capability is to be followed by a new generation of highly efficient chemical carriers being built in China. Stolt TankersStolt Tankers has chosen to buy the complete main propulsion systems for six new chemical tankers it is having built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group from Finland’s Wärtsilä. The packages will consist of Wärtsilä RT-flex50 two-stroke main engines along with controllable pitch propellers, tunnel gearboxes and shaft generators.

The combination of a two-stroke engine and shaft generator requires optimal coordination between the engine and propulsion controls, which is facilitated by having all systems supplied and delivered from the same source. Each of the 38,000dwt tankers will measure 185m by 32.26m and will have 43 stainless steel tanks with a total volume of 44,000m3.

 
Gas Tanker: Pioneering LNG carrier
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:00

Completed by Germany’s Meyer Werft, the 13,800gt LNG carrier Coral Energy is being employed to move gas cargoes in Scandinavia. Bureau VeritasCompleted by Germany’s Meyer Werft, the 13,800gt LNG carrier Coral Energy is being employed to move gas cargoes in Scandinavia. Bureau VeritasDutch gas carrier operator Antony Veder has placed the world’s first directly-driven dual-fuel LNG carrier, the 12,344dwt Coral Energy, in service following her delivery from Germany’s Meyer Werft yard at Papenburg last year.

With a capacity of 15,600m3 and a specially-designed compatibility package, the Ice Class IA vessel can load LNG at all major world terminals. Classification society Bureau Veritas assigned the ship a sophisticated class notation, reflecting the vessel’s environmental friendliness and advanced control systems.

Developed in cooperation with charterer Skangass, Coral Energy is being used to deliver gas cargoes to remote communities in the Nordic region that, up till now, have had to depend on dirtier fuels. JS

 
‘Tweendecker: Long and narrow
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

 The 3,500dwt Hartman M2 Runner has been specifically designed to transport exceptionally long or tall cargoes in the coastwise trades. Hartman The 3,500dwt Hartman M2 Runner has been specifically designed to transport exceptionally long or tall cargoes in the coastwise trades. HartmanThe Hartman Marine Group of The Netherlands, in conjunction with Conoship International and Vuyk Engineering Groningen, has developed a new type of ship specifically to cater for long and odd-size cargoes such as offshore equipment and windmills.

Known as the Hartman M2 Runner, the design features a high freeboard and narrow superstructure located on the starboard side of the stern as well as a 219,000ft³ hold equipped with a removable and adjustable ‘tweendeck. The 22.9m by 15m vessel is classed to sail in ‘open top’ configuration, with the hatch covers lifted and stowed clear, which allows the carriage of tall objects larger than the height of the hold.

The  offset house gives a clear deck area on the port quarter that enables the ship to carry long objects of up to 90m in length. A laden service speed of 12 knots is furnished by a Wärtsilä 6L20 diesel of 1,200kW output and having a fuel consumption of 5.5 tonnes per day. The first ship built to the new design, the 3,500dwt Oceanic, is currently in service with Global Seatrade. JS

 
Bulk carrier: Duckling detained
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00

The bulker Donald Duckling arriving on the Tyne. Ken ShortThe bulker Donald Duckling arriving on the Tyne. Ken ShortThe Panama-registered cargo ship Donald Duckling (1997), condemned as ‘a Mickey Mouse operation’, was detained at the Port of Tyne in November. Crew members on the bulk carrier were so poorly fed they were forced to fish from the vessel and burn loose wood on deck to cook because galley equipment did not work.

Some crew with family illnesses were refused permission to return home, and Donald Duckling’s former chief engineer was sacked after requesting spare parts to rectify problems previously identified in state control inspections.The ship was detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns.

 
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