Design agreement for Canadian bulkers to be built in China

05 May 2011
Algoma Equinox

Algoma Equinox

Finnish design office Deltamarin has announced an agreement with Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry to provide the design for seven new Equinox class self unloading and gearless bulk carriers to be built for Algoma Central Corporation and the Canadian Wheat Board.

Deltamarin will provide the basic and detail design of the vessels and procurement support. The vessels are derivatives of Deltamarin’s standard bulker designs, which are said to offer improved cubic capacity and lower fuel consumption in comparison with competing designs.

The ship concepts for the bulk carriers were created by Deltamarin for Algoma, for operation primarily on the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaways. The overall length will be 225.55m and the beam 23.77m. The service speed at design draught is 14.0 knots. The deadweight is about 38,000 tonnes at scantling draught. The vessels will have five cargo holds and can take 39,000m3 of cargo. Deltamarin says it is focusing on sustainability and safety during the concept development process while simultaneously focusing on cost efficiency. The company says its designs offer lower operating costs and additional cargo capacity, while the lower light ship weight and optimised hull form result in less required steel.

The value of the contractual design work for the bulkers is said to be about 50 man-years. The work will be carried out at Deltamarin’s offices in Europe and its partner network in China.

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