NEW ENTRANT TO CEMENT HANDLING TRADE

<i>Kongsdal</i> has entered the shortsea cement traffic. (Photo courtesy of Royal Bodewes). Kongsdal has entered the shortsea cement traffic. (Photo courtesy of Royal Bodewes).

Dutch shipbuilding has strengthened its hand in dedicated cement carrier design and construction through the delivery last month of the 4,200dwt self-discharger Kongsdal to Cyprus-based SMT Shipping, writes David Tinsley.

Kongsdal is the second in a class of three ordered from Royal Bodewes for assignment to the pneumatic cement bulker business of Eureka Shipping, SMT’s joint venture with the CSL Group of Canada. The first of the series, Aalborg White, was handed over during August, having been side-launched in June into the Winschoterdiep waterway from the contractor’s Hoogezand yard near Groningen.

The third newbuild, to be named Norden, is due at the beginning of 2020. All three are suited to European distribution of products from the Danish works of Aalborg Portland, owned by the Italian group Cementir Holding.

The design is arranged with four holds providing a total cement cargo capacity of 4,215m3, handled in fully weather-protected, high-throughput fashion by the ship’s pneumatic system.

The main engine is a six-cylinder, medium-speed unit of the DZC 1000 type manufactured at the Ghent factory of Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC). The turbocharged and intercooled, 256mm-bore in-line engine has a maximum continuous rating of 1,326kW at 1,000rpm. The auxiliary outfit is based on two 360kW Volvo Penta diesels.

The Polish arm of SMT Shipping, located at Sopot near Gdynia, ensures the technical management and manning of the fleet.

The first vessel from Royal Bodewes takes her name from Aalborg Portland’s distinctive, Aalborg White-branded product, a rapid-hardening Portland cement derived from extremely pure limestone and fine ground sand. The building material is distinguished by its white colour, high consistency, very low alkali content and high sulphate resistance, giving plastic mouldable properties.

The three-ship deal is understood to entail an overall capital cost of around EUR 29 million (US$32m), with the benefit of European Investment Bank (EIB) support accorded under the latter’s Green Shipping Guarantee Programme. The EIB is contributing EUR 10.1 million (US$11.2m) towards an ABN AMRO-arranged facility, predicated on the project’s environmental advantages in stimulating use of sea transport and raising fleet efficiency.

Royal Bodewes delivered a larger cement carrier, the 7,843 dwt Cymbidium, to SMT in 2017. Primary construction was undertaken in Poland, with completion and final outfitting at the Dutch shipbuilder’s Papenburg site in Germany.

PRINCIPAL PARTICULARS - Kongsdal

Length overall

89.98m

Breadth

12.50m

Depth

8.60m

Draught

6.00m

Deadweight

4,200t

Gross tonnage

2,627t

Cargo capacity

4,215m3

Main engine power

1,326kW

Speed, service

11.5kts

Class

Lloyd’s Register

Flag

Cyprus

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