Deltamarin to design SUL Panamax bulker

23 Aug 2010

Deltamarin has signed an agreement with Chengxi Shipyard in China about the design of a SUL (Self Unloading) Panamax bulk carrier to be built for CSL International Inc.

The Finnish-based company will take care of the basic and detail design of the vessel as well as the procurement support. The vessel is a derivative of Deltamarin’s standard bulker designs, which is said to offer improved cubic capacity and markedly lower fuel consumption compared to competing designs.

The concept for this new generation SUL bulk carrier was originally created by Deltamarin for CSL International. Cooperation between the ship owner and Deltamarin resulted in various improvements to current designs of SUL bulk carriers. 3D product modelling technique was used in developing the concept and arrangement. This company says this has enabled efficient use of space, correct space reservations as well as quick and easy alterations and coordinated design. Deltamarin’s research for the B.delta37 and B.delta64 provided the basis for the hull form, machinery and other features and many of the innovative aspects of these standard designs were incorporated the SUL Panamax bulk carrier.

The vessel is an ocean going self unloading bulk carrier, suitable for normal worldwide service carrying dry bulk cargo. Overall length will be 228.6m and beam 32.26m. Service speed at design draught is 14.5 knots. The deadweight is about 71,900 tonnes at scantling draught.

The bulk carrier contract is expected to be the first of many as negotiations for various B.delta37 and B.delta64 bulk carriers reach a conclusion. The handysize and supramax standard designs by Deltamarin are claimed to maximise earning capacity through additional cargo deadweight and cubic capacity compared to other designs with lower operating costs due to lower fuel consumption. The lower light ship weight results in less required steel and the simple hull form makes the designs easy to build, benefiting the yards.

The value of the contractual work for the SUL Panamax bulk carrier is about 40 man-years. The work will be divided between Deltamarin’s offices in Europe and its partner network in China. With other possible future bulk carrier projects in Asia, Deltamarin will continue to increase its local capacity at its representative office in Shanghai and its partner network in Asia.

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