M T W Delivers Containership, Westerdeich
Westerdeich, a 551.2-ft. (168-m) containership of type CC 1600, was recently delivered by MTW Schiffswerft GmbH, Wismar to owner Reederei Gebr. Peterson GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany. A sistership was launched last April, slated for delivery in September.
Built in accordance with the rules of Germanischer Lloyd (GL), the new ships reflect special attention to the issues of time-saving in loading containers, efficient arrangement and selection of container-handling gear, and optimizing space utilization inside cargo holds and the engine room.
The cargo loading area is subdivided by waterproof transverse bulkheads into four areas where containers may be stowed in 40-ft. bays that can hold two 20-ft. containers.
The division of the bays helps ensure favorable installation by three eletro-hydraulic 40-ton capacity cranes with 92-ft. (28-m) outreach.
Generally, the vessel is built to carry 1,572 TEUs, a portion of which is carried in the cargo holds and the rest on deck.
The vessel's shape has been de- signed to meet the task requirements for a high-draft vessel — that is, its freeboard draft will create no significant drop in speed as compared to a high-draft vessel. The design of the bulbous bow fits into this concept.
The aft ship design — including the stern bulb and the arrangement of a big propeller aperture as well as the wide deck beams in the fore and aft ship — meet current requirements for high-speed and advanced containerships.
Main propulsion is by one twostroke diesel engine directly clutched to a low-speed diesel engine of type 6 RTA 62 by Dieselmotorenwerke Rostock, with an output of 13,000 kW.
At 90 percent engine output, the vessel achieves 20 knots. The engine is of reversible type, has two single-stage charge air coolers and two BBC exhaust-gas turbochargers of type VPR 454. The vessel is designed for operation on heavy fuel oil with a viscosity of 600 cSt/50 degrees C.
The vessel's equipment also includes an STN shaft-generator in the wave train, semi-balanced rudder and a Schottel bowthruster.
The main dimensions specified in connection with a low block coefficient CB at design draft follow the current trend toward higher-speed containerships, with moderate power increase.
The vessel is classed by GL as 100 A 5 E "Container Ship," SOLAS II-2, Reg. 54, IW, NAV-OC. It complies with a host of international regula- tions applicable at the time of con- tract signing.
MTW projects that the next ships in the series will reflect improve- ments in both container capacity and speed.
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