Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, on August 16th 2012, held the keel-laying ceremony for new Wood Chip Carrier that will bear the yard mark MD146.
Main dimension: Total length 199.80m ; moulded breadth 32.20m; moulded depth 16.30m; design draft 11.00m; scantling draft 11.90m; service speed 16.3kn
Main engine: WARSILA SUKER 6RT-FLEX 58T-D marine diesel engine Class : LR.KR
Compared with normal bulkers, wood chip carriers have deep cargo holds and shallow draft to carry this kind of cargo, which density is lighter than cargo such as grain, coal or iron ore. The peculiarity of wood chips allow enlarged cargo spaces as they do not require topside tanks, because there is minimal risk of cargo flow, compared to cargo such as grain.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, August 23, 2012; Image: mdship