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ACH Designs And Delivers
The "Largest Sailing Robot,"
Club Mea 2 Sail Cruise Ship
The "Club Med 2" recently delivered from ACH
Ateliers & Chantiers du Havre (ACH) recently delivered the Sail
Cruise Liner "Club Med 2," to owner
Copropriete Maritime. Operated by
Club Med and Services Et Trans- ports, the passenger liner's overall design is similar to her predecessor, "Club Med 1," delivered in 1990.
The Club Med 2 is fitted with sails which are totally automated and controlled by computer, and is propelled by an electric-diesel pro- pulsion system. The propulsion sys- tem also includes four generator sets, creating 2,280 kW each; two electric propulsion motors, generating 2,940 kW each; two controllable pitch pro- pellers, fully featherable for sail pro- pulsion; one emergency genset; and two transverse thrusters, one fore and one aft.
The top speed under mechanical propulsion is 16.4 knots. In the event of an emergency, all sails can be furled within less than one minute, even without electrical power. Many active and passive, electronic and hydraulic safety de- vices have been included into what are said to be the largest sailing robots ever to have been built.
Communications equipment on the Club Med 2 consists of two satel- lite communication systems, telex and telefax, and VHF radio. For fresh water, the ship is equipped with two 145 t/day reverse osmosis plants and one fresh water treat- ment unit.
The ship is outfitted with an anti- roll stabilizer, which consists of two folding fins supplied by ACH. It also features two flap-type rudders and two bow thrusters.
With a length of 187 meters, a beam of 20 meters and a draft of five meters, the Club Med 2 has six decks and accommodations for 410 pas- sengers and 222 crew.
Passenger facilities include five suites and 196 outside cabins, in- cluding 150 two-person cabins, 35 cabins fitted with a Pullman bed, and six four-person cabins.
All cabins have individual bath- room, television, music, refrigera- tor and telephone. Other onboard amenities include: multipurpose lounge equipped for shows or semi- nars; terrace bar with night club equipment; two restaurants; a swim- ming pool bar; a casino; a hair- dresser; massage and sauna area; an outside steering station from which passengers can steer the ship (under the guidance of an officer); multiple sporting activities; and a hospital with a doctor and nurse.
The vessel was constructed to con- form with SOLAS, USCG, MARPOL and USPH (U.S. Public Health) re- quirements.
For additional information on the design and production capabilities of Ateliers & Chantiers du Havre,
Circle 25 on Reader Service Card The Club Med 2's sails are entirely computer-controlled
AHI Completes $1.1 Million
Arab Heavy Industries Ltd. (AHI), a ship repair and fabrication yard in
Ajman, United Arab Emirates, man- aged by Keppel Shipyard, has com- pleted the reactivation and modifi- cation of two jack-up accommoda- tion platforms.
The contract for both repairs, awarded by Mohammad Al-Mojil, was valued at $1.1 million.
In the first contract, AHI refur- bished AL-MOJIL 20, a jack-up ac- commodation platform measuring 136 feet long, 122 feet wide and 14 feet deep.
Newly installed equipment in- cludes: hydrophor tanks; piping sys- tems; desalination plant; and sew- age treatment plant. The existing accommodations, designed for 100 men, were upgraded to house 130.
For the second contract, AHI re- furbished MARAWAH, a jack-up rig belonging to Stavanger Drilling A/S of Norway, but chartered to
Mohammad Al-Mojil Group for working in Saudi Arabia. Repairs included structural steel fabrication and erection, installation of con- tainer units and modification of pip- ing systems.
Ship Orders Drop
Sharply In Japan
Orders received by Japan's five major shipbuilders fell dramatically in the six-month period which ended
September 30 from year-earlier lev- els. Dropping the furthest was
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuild- ing Co, which watched the value of its orders plunge nearly 96 percent. (C
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