of Porto Alegre Brazil have
been operating the area’s largest inland river bulk carrier
, the N/M Germano Beker , since the vessel’s delivery in December 2005. Built in Porto Alegre by the Navegação Aliança the vessel is 110x16.2 meters with a molded depth of 5.25 meters.
To maintain the shallow draft, three electronically controlled Cummins (CMI)
QSK19-M engines each rated for 660 hp at 1800 RPM provide propulsion for the vessel. The engines turn four-blade 1700 by 1292 mm propellers through ZF W1900(BW191-2) gears with 4.967:1 ratios. Design speed for the vessel is nine knots.
Tankage is provided for 38 m3 of fuel and 22 m3 of water. The vessel accommodates a crew of seven and carries 5400 tons of bulk cargo. The cargos are primarily grains carried from port to port in southern Brazil
, usually between Taquari and Porto Alegre or Rio do Soul.
This is the first vessel for Trevisa with electronic controlled engines, but all of their 20-vessel fleet is Cummins powered. According to their web site ( www.trevisa.com.br ) the company’s fleet capacity equals a total of 58,000 tons or the equivalent of 2300 highway trucks.