Home' Ships and Shipping : March 2011 Contents The Dutch town of Dordrecht was
granted city rights in 1220 as its
importance as a trading port continued
Goods from the Dutch empire were
transferred to river vessels here and the city
grew wealthy. Later, much of the deep-sea
trade moved to the nearby port of
Rotterdam, which resulted in heavy
bombing during World War II with the
destruction of many historic buildings.
Spared such destruction, Dordrecht
continues to have many fine buildings
dating from the prosperous centuries.
Today the city retains an important role
as a base for river trading companies and as
a home for many of the inland vessel's
crews. It is also the location of the De
Groot Scheepstechniek. This shipyard
recently delivered one of its typically high
quality tank vessels to the Dordrecht-based
Trendco Shipping Company, which will
operate the ship for its owners, Charlois
Shipping, The Netherlands.
The new tanker vessel, 'Charlois', named
for an area of Rotterdam Harbour, is 135 by
11.5-metres with a load capacity of 4,300
tonnes in 5,000 cubic metres of hold space.
Capable of transporting a variety of
petroleum-based cargoes, the tanker also
has the capability to blend cargoes onboard
through a single pipe system. Heavy oils
can be kept at 80 degrees Celsius to
facilitate pumping. The ship's double-
skinned hull earns it a Type C (Chemical)
rating permitting it to transport dangerous
liquids throughout the European Inland
The ship's hull was built in Guangzhou
China through a partnership involving
Saintly Marine Corporation and Oosse
Maritiem. The hull was transported to the
Netherlands by barge and then completed
at the De Groot yard.
The De Groot Shipyard is also a
Cummins Marine Dealer and a full suite of
Cummins engines were installed in the
vessel. Main propulsion is a pair of
Cummins QSK38-M diesels generating
1,044kW each at 1,800rpm.
A Cummins QSK19-M does dual duty as
a bow-thruster and cargo pump engine.
The 'Charlois' has three Cummins-powered
generator sets including a QSB6.7, a QSB4.5
and a 4BT3.9 model. In each designation,
the numbers refer to litres of displacement.
From time to time, when in the area,
vessels of the Trendco fleet moor along the
river wall in front of the company offices at
Merwekade 77 in Dordrecht. In doing so
the 'Charlois' will be continuing a centuries
old tradition by which ships have brought
prosperity to this river city.
For further information contact:
De Groot Scheepstechniek, The Netherlands.
PH: +31 78 616 5599
FX: +31 78 616 6600,
Type of vessel:
Total hold space:
Company, The Netherlands
De Groot Scheepstechniek,
2 x Cummins QSK38-M,
each 1,044kW at 1,800rpm
1 x Cummins QSK19-M
5,000 cubic metres
The Cummins QSK19-powered genset to supply the cargo pump and bow thruster Several river vessels moored on a part of the waterfront at Dordrecht
Photo: Alan Haig-Brown
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