Model tests end on icebreaking bulker

25 Aug 2011
HHI’s 160,000dwt icebreaking ore carrier model under test in Canada

HHI’s 160,000dwt icebreaking ore carrier model under test in Canada

Hyundai Heavy Industries has announced the completion of performance tests on a model of its ice-breaking iron ore carrier ship design. The tests were undertaken at the Institute for Ocean Technology in Canada.

HHI says that when the actual 190,000dwt iron ore carrier is built, it will be the world’s largest ice-breaking commercial ship. It will be able to navigate 1.7 m thick ice-covered waters at a speed of 6 knots. The ship will measure 310m in length and 51m in width. The ship is intended to navigate through ice-covered waters without the help of an icebreaker. HHI claims that the iron ore carrier will be able to carry twice as much cargo as any existing ice-breaking commercial ship, will travel at twice the speed, with 5% increased fuel efficiency.

The ship will have a dual propulsion system equipped with two ring type propellers to increase mobility, and a strengthened hull with shape designed to expedite ice-clearing.

According to HHI, the demand for ice-breaking commercial ships is expected to increase as exploration of natural resources like natural gas, oil, and iron ore in the Polar regions is becoming easier. Travel distance can also be shortened by up to 40% between Asia and Europe when Arctic sailing routes are available. HHI has also been developing a special welding technology for polar LNG carrier tanks and LNG FPSOs, as part of the company’s long term strategy for the expected increase in demand for such vessels in the polar region as interest in natural gas development has been growing.

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