B.Delta bulkers for Chinese operator

04 Apr 2012
Deltamarin’s B.Delta 37 Handysize bulker

Deltamarin’s B.Delta 37 Handysize bulker

Up to 10 bulk carriers to Finnish company Deltamarin’s B.Delta37 design are to be built for the China Navigation Company, the first ships of this type to be constructed at the Chengxi shipyard.

The B.Delta design features low fuel consumption, and Deltamarin will take care of the basic and detail design of the vessels as well as technical procurement handling, and will employ a site team to take the design to production.

Similar ships are currently in build in China at Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industries, for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) and M.T.M. Ship Management Pte / Strategic Shipping and Deltamarin expects additional shipbuilding contracts to be signed within a few months.

The 39,500 dwt vessels to be built for China Navigation Company under the 4 + 4 + 2 contract will be of length over all 180m, beam 30m, scantling draught 10.5m, and cargo capacity48,500m3.

Deltamarin says that service speed at design draught will be 14.0 knots, while model tests indicate a daily fuel oil consumption at design draft of 18t including 15 % sea margin, ISO conditions. The EEDI is estimated at 15.4% less with similar new features to the B.Delta designs is already sailing and has proved the validity of the test results. Fuel-saving features include modified  hull form, and propeller, rudder and main engine solutions.

There are currently ongoing discussions to build B.Delta series vessels in other sizes, such as the B.Delta25, B.Delta64, B.Delta82, B.Delta95, B.Delta210 and B.Delta250. The B.Delta37 series has been developed with several alternative arrangements or specifications including box shape holds, open hatch arrangements, ice class, timber deck cargo and others.

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