Home' Ships and Shipping : June 2011 Contents Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES)
recently completed the 110,000DWT
bulk carrier 'Nord Hercules' (Shipyard
number 1,817) which had been under
construction at its Chiba Works, and
delivered her to her owner, Clio Marine
of Liberia on January 21, 2011.
The vessel is the first ship of the new
MES "over-Panamax" (post-Panamax) bulk
This ship has specifically been designed
with the aim of better efficiency in the
maritime transport of iron ore, coal and
grain in view of the future expansion of the
Panama Canal. Furthermore, new
regulations have been incorporated into
the design to deliver better environmental
performance, greater flexibility in
operation and increased safety throughout
the ship's construction.
The new ship has a beam greater than
the current Panamax limit of 32.3 metres in
anticipation of the completion of the
widening of the canal. At 43 metres across
the beam, she has been designed to have
broader versatility, satisfying the harbour
regulations of major coal unloading ports
while maximising her deadweight.
According to MES, she has enough
structural strength and cargo hold capacity
to accommodate cargoes of iron ore, coal or
grain which have been calculated for
optimum efficiency in shipping schedules.
According to MES, the new ship
achieves energy savings by adopting the
most advanced forms of bow and stern, a
high efficiency propeller and other
'Nord Hercules' was designed in
accordance with the Common Structural
Rules for bulk carriers (CSR-B) of the
International Association of Classification
Societies (IACS), achieving both structural
safety and operational freedom. Enhanced
safety has been achieved by satisfying new
regulations for forecastle arrangement and
bow section reserve buoyancy.
Further, the arrangement of fixed
inspection devices and portable ladders in
the cargo holds and ballast tanks, based on
SOLAS regulations, enhances ship safety.
Her mooring equipment has been
installed to match the facilities of iron ore
loading ports in Brazil.
The ship meets the fuel oil tank protection
regulations of the MARPOL convention and
she has a sewage tank to prevent
contamination of the marine environment.
The ship has a compact and high-powered
Mitsui-MAN B&W 6S60MC-C diesel engine,
which satisfies IMO environmental standards
for exhaust gas emissions.
For further information contact:
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES),
Japan. PH: +81 35202 3512,
Type of vessel:
Post-Panamax bulk carrier
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Clio Marine, Liberia
Mitsui Engineering &
Shipbuilding (MES), Japan
110,944 metric tonnes
1 x Mitsui-MAN B&W
at 105rpm (MCR)
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