Deltamarin has signed an agreement with Chengxi Shipyard Co., LTD about the design of a SUL (Self Unloading) Panamax Bulk Carrier to be built for CSL International Inc. Deltamarin will take care of the basic and detail design of the vessel as well as the procurement support. The vessel is a derivative of Deltamarin’s revolutionary B.delta standard bulker designs with improved cubic capacity and markedly lower fuel consumption compared to competing designs.
The ship concept for this new generation of SUL bulk carriers has been created by Deltamarin for CSL International previously. The good cooperation between the ship owner and Deltamarin resulted in many improvements to current designs of SUL bulk carriers. 3D product modelling technique was utilised in developing the concept and arrangement. This has enabled efficient space utilisation, correct space reservations as well as quick and easy alterations and coordinated design. Regarding the hull form, machinery and other features of the vessel, Deltamarin’s research for B.delta37 and B.delta64 was utilized and many of the innovative features utilized in these standard designs were also incorporated the SUL Panamax bulk carrier.
The vessel is an ocean going Self Unloading bulk carrier, suitable for normal worldwide service carrying dry bulk cargo. The overall length of the vessel will be 750 ft and the beam 105.8 ft. The service speed at design draught is 14.5 knots. The deadweight of the vessel is about 71,900 metric tonnes at the scantling draught. Deltamarin strives to deliver sustainable and cost efficient designs and environmental sustainability and safety have been focus areas during the concept development process of this vessel as well.
The bulk carrier contract is expected to be the first of many more to come as the negotiations regarding various B.delta37 and B.delta64 bulk carriers will come to a conclusion. The handysize and supramax standard designs by Deltamarin maximize the ship owners’ earning capacity through additional cargo deadweight and cargo cubic compared to the best current designs and the operating costs are reduced due to lower fuel consumption. The lower light ship weight resulting in less required steel and the simple hull form make the designs beneficial for shipyards as well.
The value of the contractual work for the SUL Panamax bulk carrier is approximately 40 man-years. The work will be divided between Deltamarin’s offices in Europe and Deltamarin’s partner network in China. Due to the project and possible future bulk carrier projects in Asia, Deltamarin will continue to increase its local capacity both at their Representative Office in Shanghai as well as through its partner network in Asia. The continued order intake means that Deltamarin will need to recruit in Europe as well.