Hyundai Launches First Of Three Big Bulk Carriers For Bocimar
The Mineral Dampier, first of three 168,500-dwt bulk carriers under construction for N.V. Bocimar S.A. of Belgium, was launched recently at the Ulsan Shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. These three bulkers have a special significance, as they are the first ships to be built by HHI for a Belgian owner. Bocimar is a subsidiary of the CBM Group, one of Belgium's foremost shipping companies.
These big vessels are being built to comply with the rules of Det norske Veritas, and will be classed 1A1, Bulk Carrier, +MV, EO, HC/E (Hold Nos. 2, 4, 6, and 8 may be empty), IB for Unrestricted Ocean Service. They are designed to carry coal or grain in all holds, or ore cargo in hold Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The Mineral Dampier has an overall length of about 951.5 feet, beam of 147.6 feet, depth of 78 feet, and design draft of 55.8 feet. Powered by a Hyundai/B&W 6L80MCE diesel engine with a maximum continuous rating of 16,555 bhp at 77 rpm, she will sail at a service speed of 13 knots when operating at 90 percent of mcr (14,900 bhp at 74.5 rpm), including 15 percent sea margin and 1,000 bhp for the shaft generator. She will carry a normal complement of 33 persons.
The first of the three-ship series is scheduled for delivery in November this year, with the other two delivered during the first half of 1986.