Burmeister & Wain Delivers First Panamax Bulk Carrier

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Burmeister & Wain Shipyard in Copenhagen recently christened the motorship Danelock, the first bulk carrier of the yard's new, fuel-saving Panamax type of approximately 64,000 dwt. Shortly after, the ship was delivered to Turnville Shipping Ltd. of Monrovia, Liberia—a member of the Wheellock Marden Shipping Group, Hong Kong.

The sponsor was Mrs. Anne Marden, wife of John Marden, chairman of Wheelock Marden and Company Ltd. and Wheelock Maritime International Ltd., both of Hong Kong.

Like B&W's other bulk carriers, the Danelock is built to Det norske Veritas +1A1 classification. She has an overall length of 225.00 meters, molded beam of 32.24 meters, molded depth of 18.00 meters, and maximum draft of 13.10 meters (about 738/106/ 59/43 feet). Total cargo cubic (grain) is 79,100 cubic meters.

The new bulk carrier type, designated BC60E2, is characterized by an outstanding operational economy provided by the reduction in fuel oil consumption of 15-20 percent compared with more conventional bulkers of the same size. This improvement has been achieved through a successful development of the hull design with a bulbous bow and flat-sectioned aft body, and the installation of a two-stroke/long-stroke diesel engine. With a daily fuel consumption of less than 40 tons, an average speed of 15 knots can be maintained.

The ship is provided with seven large, almost identical hatches, with inclined coamings and MacGregor hydraulically operated, steel hatch covers. Hold Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 7 can be utilized for the transportation of ore. Water ballast is carried in wing tanks, bottom tanks, in fore and aft peaks, and in Hold No. 4; total water ballast capacity is 30,400 tons.

Accommodations for officers and crew are arranged aft in a five-deck superstructure. Situated on the lowest deck are galley, provision and cold storerooms, office, hospital, and hobby room with exercise and film equipment. Accommodations for deck crew, cook, galley personnel, and a laundry are arranged on the boat deck. On the saloon deck, living rooms for petty officers and crew, mess, rooms, and accommodations for the steward, pantry, and duty mess are arranged. Accommodations for deck and engine officers are located on the officer deck. The captain and chief engineer each have a suite comprising office, dayroom, bedroom, and bathroom. On this deck a special pilot's cabin also is situated. At the navigation bridge level, wheelhouse, radio station, and accommodation for the radio officer are situated. The ship is equipped with the most modern navigation instruments, including Loran, radio direction finder, radar, satellite navigator, autopilot, and gyrocompass. A Loadmaster unit is installed on the bridge, together with instruments for remote control of the main engine to permit unmanned engineroom operation.

The main engine is a 5-cylinder, longstroke diesel, B&W type L80GFCA, with an output of 12,600 bhp at 90 rpm. The auxiliary machinery consists of three B&W diesel engines, type 5T23LH, each driving a 500- kw generator. On the port side of the engine space, a sound-insulated control room is arranged with control instruments for the machinery. The steering gear is of the rotary vane type, with a B&W spade rudder of 44 square meters weighing approximately 90 tons. In accordance with DnV class requirements, it can be turned from 35 degrees on one side to 30 degrees on the other in 28 seconds.

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