Home' Ships and Shipping : September 2009 Contents 'Fjell'
Type of vessel:
Port of registry:
Free deck space:
DNV, +1 A1 Heavy Cargo
Carrier EO Clean Dypnos-
Fairstar Heavy Transport,
Babcock Engineering, UK
Malta Shipyard, Malta
11 metres above deck
3 x Wärtsilä Vasa 8L32,
2 x Wärtsilä LMT FS3500
WM steerable thrusters in
nozzles, each 4,500kW
1 x CAT 3412 rated 500kW,
2 x CAT rated 345kW,
1 x Valmet 420 rated 80kW,
1 x emergency generator
controllable pitch tunnel
thrusters, each 1,500kW
119.8 x 36 metres
3 x 15-tonne hydraulic
(forward); 2 x 15-tonne
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Completed in May and already having
completed its maiden contract, 'Fjell'
is the sister-vessel of 'Fjord', whose
identical conversion to a semi-submersible,
self-propelled heavy transport vessel was
completed in early 2008.
Both vessels' conversions were designed
by Babcock Engineering, UK, and performed
by Malta Shipyard for Netherlands-based
Fairstar Heavy Transport.
Converted under survey to Det Norske
Veritas, the Netherlands-flagged steel vessel
has an overall length of 146.3 metres on a
beam of 36 metres with a moulded depth
of nine metres and a design draught of
The vessel has a submerged depth of
eleven metres above deck, is able to carry a
deadweight of 19,300 tonnes and supports
25 tonnes per square metre loads on its 120-
metre by 36-metre free deck space. At design
draught the vessel displaces 29,400 tonnes.
The vessel is powered by triple Wärtsilä
Vasa 8L32 main engines, each rated at
3,840kW, driving twin Wärtsilä LMT FS3500
WM steerable thrusters in nozzles. Wärtsilä
CT225M-D, 1,500kW controllable pitch
tunnel thrusters enhance manoeuvrability.
The vessel is equipped with five
generators (three Caterpillar, one Valmet and
a single, unspecified emergency generator)
which power the hydraulic system for the
ballast pumps and the electrical equipment
during submerging and in harbour.
Following the completion of the
conversion, Fairstar Heavy Transport
announced that 'Fjell' had successfully
completed its maiden contract in Trapani,
Sicily and received total revenues of
'Fjell' was used to transport the
7,000-tonne chemical tanker 'Marettimo
M' from the Cantiere Navale di Trapani
(CNT) shipyard in Trapani, Sicily and
launch it into a safe location in Trapani
harbor. Working closely with Mammoet, a
world leader in land-based heavy transport,
the 'Marettimo M' was rolled on to the
'Fjell' using Mammoet self-propelled
mobile trailers (SPMT). Once on board the
deck of 'Fjell', the vessel sailed to a nearby
location and submerged to a depth
sufficient to allow the 'Marettimo M' to
float off the 'Fjell' and was then towed back
to a quayside in Trapani.
Dave Hangoor, Fairstar Operations
Manager, commented: "For three days
Fairstar, Mammoet and CNT worked almost
around the clock to prepare the cargo and
'Fjell'. Mammoet performed with their usual
professionalism and once the cargo was on
board 'Fjell' it was up to the Fairstar team to
finish the job. We worked within a very
small margin of error and we are extremely
satisfied that the 'Fjell' performed so well on
its maiden contract. Float-offs require a high
degree of skill and experience."
Philip Adkins, Fairstar's CEO reported
from location in Trapani: "This contract
really played to the strengths of our ship
and our personnel. The shallow draught
and high weight-bearing features of 'Fjell'
allowed us to position the ship at the quay.
The advantage of our open stern allowed
Mammoet to access the deck with their
SPMTs to load on this sizable cargo. The
experience of our team resulted in a safe
and successful discharge. It is almost
impossible to imagine that we were in
Malta a week ago just finishing the 'Fjell'
conversion. 'Fjell' and its crew have
exceeded everyone's expectations. We are
very proud of them."
The ship was then reportedly en route to
Lobito, Angola where she was to be loaded
with a cargo of FPSO components for
transport to the DSME yard in Okpo, Korea.
For further information contact:
Fairstar Heavy Transport, The Netherlands.
PH: +31 10403 5333, FX: +31 10403 5344,
Photo: 4 Winds Global Media Bv
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