Multipurpose/Container Ships Ordered From Korea Shipbuilding

Reederei D. Oltmann KG of Bremen have placed orders for two multipurpose/container ships with Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation in Pusan and have retained Technical Marine Planning Ltd., a London consulting naval architecture and marine engineering firm, for the development of the specifications, approval of plans and supervision during the construction.

The 18,000-dwt vessels will be built to Germanische Lloyd's highest classification and will be registered under the German flag. They will have 'tween decks and will be able to carry a total of 750 containers at a speed of about 18 knots. One hundred twenty reefer containers may be connected to the vessels' powerplant. The vessels will also be strengthened for heavy cargoes.

The vessels' dimensions are 509 feet length overall by 75 feet breadth by 44 feet depth to main deck, and they will be of modern design with unmanned engine room. The main engine will be Hitachi Sulzer 6RND M of the latest design, developing 11,400 bhp maximum continuous rating at 150 rpm. Three sets of twin cranes 2 by 20 tons will be provided for cargo handling, and a bow thruster with variable pitch propeller will facilitate maneuvering.

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