Great Ships of 2013: Bow Pioneer

By Maritime Reporter & Engineering News
Friday, January 10, 2014

The world’s largest chemical tanker, Bow Pioneer, was built for Odfjell SE by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, designed with two longitudinal corrugated bulkheads with lower stools and transverse corrugated bulkheads with lower stools to have 10 sets (P&S&C) of cargo tanks, and 11 tanks for WB consisting of four pairs of wing and double bottom tanks, one U-type tank and two water ballast heeling tanks. The ship is equipped with a cargo handling system for the loading, storage and discharging of the intended cargos of IBC ship type 2 & 3 with typical cargoes such as Methanol, Vegetable Oils, MEG (Mono Ethylene Glycol), EDC (Ethylene DiChloride), MTBE (Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether), Xylene, Toluene, Cyclohexane, etc., as well as refined petroleum products (products with flash point below 60 deg-C). The ship has a continuous upper deck with forecastle, a raked stem with a bulbous bow, a transom stern with open water type stern frame, a balanced spade rudder with flap and a fixed pitch propeller directly driven by MAN B&W 5S60MC-C8 engine with maximum rating of 10,870 kW at 103.7 rpm. Double side and double bottom are provided in cargo area and the volume of each cargo tank not to exceed 3,000 cu. m. The deadweight of the vessel will be 75,000 metric tons at the design draft of 13.2 m, without trim, with the vessel afloat in SW with SG of 1.025, and 81,200 metric tons at the scantling draft of 14 m. The speed of the ship is 14 knots at the designed draft of 13.2 m on even keel at 85% MCR. The vessel is trimmed with Inorganic Zinc Silicate coating for cargo and slop tanks, and stainless steel pipes for cargo related systems. Thirty-one cargo manifolds are arranged on the port and STBD sides with two tiers at the middle length of the ship. One raised catwalk is arranged from the front of the accommodation to manifold platform area and to forecastle deck on the upper deck.

Length (o.a.)    228 m
Length (b.p.)    219 m
Breadth molded    37 m
Flag:    Singapore
Hull No    2018
IMO number    9595632
Depth molded,to upper deck    19.2 m
Width of double skin, side    2.07 m
Width of double skin, bottom    2.04 m
Draft, scantling    14 m
Draft, design    13.2 m
Tonnage    44,452 gt
Deadweight, design    75,000 metric tons
Deadweight, scantling    81,200 metric tons
Speed, service (85 %MCR output)    14 knots
Classification society and notations    DNV
Main engine    MAN B&W 5S60MC-C8
Boilers    2 x Alfa Laval-Aalborg, 12,000 kg/h
Lifesaving equipment    Fassmer Marland
Cargo pumps    Frank Mohn AS
Cargo control system    Kongsberg Maritime
Ballast control system    Scan-jet Macron
Water Ballast Treatment System    Alfa Laval (2,000 m3/h)
Bridge control system    Kongsberg Maritime
Fire extinguishing systems - Cargo holds    Foam - Wilhelmsen


(As published in the December 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -

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