Home' Ships and Shipping : January 2010 Contents Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) delivered a 216,000m3 LNG
carrier to QGTC of Qatar in 2009.
'Mesaimeer' has an overall length of 315 metres, a beam of 50
metres and a depth of 27 metres with a designed draught of
Equipped with five Mark III membrane cargo tanks, the ship has
a flush deck without forecastle and has a lowered mooring deck,
transom stern and twin screw Hyundai propellers driven by twin
MAN Diesel 6S70ME-C diesel engines, achieving a maximum speed
of 19.5 knots, and a re-liquefaction plant.
The vessel's main generators are four MAN B&W 8L32/40
diesel engines while a single MTU 16V2000P engine acts as
'Mesaimeer' has a flat deck configuration. It gives easy access
from the central control room (CCR), situated just below the
wheelhouse, to the compressor room and to the trunk deck for
easy survey, inspection and maintenance of the cargo piping and
the electric cable.
Tank insulation is of the GTT Mark system, which has a
270mm thickness to satisfy the low boil-off rate of 0.15 percent by
volume of the total cargo per day.
Cargo loading is performed by shore pump facilities after the
cargo tank has cooled to the proper temperature. Vapour generated
during loading is returned to shore via heavy-duty compressors on
board. During voyages with a full load, gas generated by boil-off is
re-liquefied and returned to the cargo tanks. Thanks to the re-
liquefaction plant, there is no loss of LNG cargo. As with most
other cargo vessels, heavy fuel oil is used for propulsion.
Ro-Pax ferry 'Armorique' was delivered in January 2009 from
STX Europe's Helsinki yard in Finland to its French
owner/operator Brittany Ferries.
The vessel is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo
vehicles between France and the United Kingdom, specifically
between Plymouth and Roscoff.
The 168.3-metre long and 26.8-metre wide vessel has a designed
draught of 6.3 metres and a designed deadweight of 4,200 tonnes,
with an operating speed of 23 knots and top speed of 25 knots.
The steel Ro-Pax ferry is powered by twin MaK 12M43C main
engines, each rated at 12,000kW, driving twin controllable pitch
propellers via Flender gearboxes, with a service speed of 23
knots. Auxiliary power is supplied by triple Wärtsilä 6L20 C
generators, each rated at 1,140kW and twin Leroy Somer shaft
generators, each rated at 2,250kW, with a single Uljanik Tesu
engine acting as emergency generator. Twin Wärtsilä 1,200kW
bow thrusters and a single Wärtsilä 900kW stern thruster greatly
enhance vessel manoeuvrability.
The two-deck loading and discharge allows for fast turnaround
times in ports.
The vessel has 980 lane metres of vehicle space accommodating
470 cars or 60 trucks.
With a 1,500-passenger capacity, 'Armorique' features a total of
248 cabins providing overnight accommodation for a maximum of
780 passengers, including a small number of suites.
The hull of the vessel is identical to that of the 'Cotentin',
delivered from STX Europe in Helsinki in 2008. The only difference
in the vessels' appearance is that 'Armorique' has a much larger
upper deck passenger area.
The vessel flies the French flag and was built under survey to
Bureau Veritas with the notation: "1 +HULL, RORO PASSENGER
SHIP, UNRESTRICTED NAVIGATION, +MACH, +AUT-IMS, +AUT-
PORT, SYSNEQ-1, MON-SHAFT".
Built under survey to Lloyd's Register by
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding,
China for Ocean Tankers, Singapore,
'Hua San' is registered in, and flies the
flag of Singapore.
With an overall length of 333 metres
on a beam of 60 metres, the vessel has a
depth of 30.5 metres and a draught of
The vessel displaces 366,594 tonnes and
has a deadweight calculated at 318,068DWT.
'Hua San' is powered by a single
Hyundai Heavy Industries MAN B&W 6S90
MC-C (MK-7) main engine rated at
29,340kW at 76rpm turning a single,
four-bladed fixed pitch propeller,
producing a maximum speed of 17.5 knots
and a service speed of 16 knots.
Auxiliary power is developed by triple
Yanmar 8N21AL-GV auxiliary engines,
each 1,360kW at 900rpm and triple Taiyo
electric, each rated at 1,270kW.
The vessel has hydraulic equipment
from Rolls-Royce Marine and is equipped
with Rolls-Royce Marine capstan and twin
TT 20-tonne electric-hydraulic cranes.
The new VLCC has a full suite of
navigation and communication electronics
including JRC radars, depth sounder,
radios, satcom, weatherfax, GMDSS, GPS,
AIS, plotters and a Tokimec PR-6834A
DW-SS2 and compass.
Paints and coatings on board the vessel
were supplied by Jotun.
SHIPS AND SHIPPING January 2010 29
'Hua San' -- A new very large crude carrier from Shanghai Waigaoqiao
ships and shipping's TOP 12 SHIPS of 2009
'Mesaimeer' -- A 216,000m3 membrane LNG carrier from HHI
'Armorique' -- A 980-lane metre, 1,500-passenger Ro-Pax Ferry for the English Channel
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