The first B.Delta43 vessel, M/V Venture Goal, was delivered to the Hamburg Bulk Carriers GmbH (HBC) in January 2015. The Deltamarin design has also attracted yet another customer, as Phoenix Shipping & Trading ordered four B.Delta43 handysize bulk carriers at Qingshan Shipyard.
The first B.Delta43 vessel for the German shipowner HBC was successfully sea-trialed and delivered on January 24, 2015 at a ceremony at Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans & CSC SBICO.
The delegation and top management of HBC who attended the ceremony expressed their satisfaction with the ship’s performance, as observed during the conducted trials, where B.Delta43 confirmed predictions on speed and deadweight to a very high accuracy. The B.Delta43, which is an elongated version of the B.Delta37 by 10 m, also demonstrates improved maneuverability compared to standard class bulk carriers and very low vibration levels due to the optimized propulsion arrangements, Deltamarin noted.
M/V Venture Goal is a 43,000 dwt bulk carrier with an overall length of 189.99 m, beam of 30 m and maximum draft of 10.7 m. The cargo carrying capacity is 54,000 m3. The calculated EEDI is more than 20% below the required limit thus already fulfilling the requirements that will enter into force in 2020.
The four B.Delta43 vessels for Phoenix Shipping & Trading S.A. of Greece are sister vessels of the 10 B.Delta vessels earlier ordered from the Chinese Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans & CSC SBICO, with the same principal dimensions, cargo capacities and fuel performance.
Deltamarin’s contract with Qingshan shipyard covers consultancy, design and engineering services. The value of the contract is approximately €1 million and the estimated contract period is 10 months. Delivery of the vessels is planned to start in the first half of 2016.
The B.Delta Series comprises a design family with capacities ranging from 25,000 dwt up to 210,000 dwt, covering both standardized industry sizes (i.e. handy, handymax, ultramax, kamsarmax, newcastlemax) and cargo-volume sized ships for more niche markets. The ships can be tailor-fitted for various cargo types, ice-class notations, Laker versions, self-unloaders and other specialized trades.
The current orderbook of the B.Delta Series includes more than 110 ships, mostly the B.Delta37/43 types, but also on self-unloader and Laker ships. B.Delta derivatives, such as chemical tankers, are also under construction in China.
In total, 40 B.Delta ships and derivates have been delivered so far, for nine shipowners from six different shipyards in China, all having performed successfully both during sea trials and in service for the last three years.