Final two mega-boxships delivered to Rickmers
The final two 13,100TEU container vessels in an eight-ship series being built for the Hamburg shipowner Rickmers Group were delivered in June and July at the Ulsan shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Tauro Rickmers and Libra Rickmers are on long-term charter to Maersk Line and were renamed, respectively, Maersk Evora and Maersk Essex.
Weighing in at 140,580dwt, an overall length of 366m and a beam of 48m, Rickmers’ eight 13,100TEU ships are not quite the largest containerships being built today but have the flexibility of being able to transit the Panama Canal once the new locks are completed. All eight ships in the series have been built by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan shipyard.
Containers are carried 17-wide below deck and 19-wide on the hatch-covers giving each ship a maximum capacity of 7,074TEU on deck and 6,018TEU below deck. Based on a homogeneous container weight of 14t/TEU, the maximum capacity is around 9,080TEU. Reefer plugs are available for 800FEU containers.
Each ship is powered by a single Hyundai-Wärtsilä 12RT-flex96C low-speed diesel main engine weighing over 2,000 tonnes and developing 68,640kW (MCR) at 102rpm and 61,776kW (NCR) at 98.5rpm. Five 2,700kW diesel generators are installed.
Although designed for a service speed of 24.33 knots, the RT-flex-engines still achieve 21.5 knots at 60% of the engine’s normal output. They can slow-steam as required under charterers’ current service patterns, generating substantial fuel savings. By having this substantial speed reserve, the ships can increase speed when necessary to maintain schedule integrity, said to be an important factor in service industries.
Length (oa): 366m
Length (bp): 350m
Design draught: 14.5m
Scantling draught: 15.5m
Deadweight: 125,480 tonnes at 14.5m; 140,580 tonnes at 15.5m
Main engine: 1 x 68,640kW Wärtsilä 12RT-flex96C low-speed diesel
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