Largest Containership Classed by GL

Friday, December 19, 2008

The biggest containership ever classed by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) was delivered in mid-December at Samsung Heavy Industry Shipyard in Geoje, Korea.

The newbuilding named MSC Daniela has a capacity of 13,800 TEU. To meet SOLAS requirements for bridge visibility on the large containership, the design includes the separation of deckhouse and engine room. The arrangement of the deckhouse in the forward part of the ship permits an increase in container capacity and a reduction in ballast water.

In addition, the international regulations on the protection of fuel tanks are being fulfilled, since they are located in the protected area below the deckhouse. Also, reduced bending as well as increased stiffness of the hull had been realized in the design. The use of high tensile steels (HTS) was a prerequisite for building the megaboxer. Due to HT steel the plate thickness had been reduced to allow lightweight and strong ship construction. This was necessary to keep the plate and stiffener dimensions at an acceptable level.

Hamburg-based classification society Germanischer Lloyd conducts safety surveys on board of more than 6,800 ships with about 77 Mio GT. With a staff of 5,300 employees, engineers and other experts GL maintains a global network of 208 offices in 77 countries.

(www.gl-group.com)

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