AUGUST 20, 2014 — Bulgarian shipowner Navibulgar has ordered four eco-friendly size bulk carriers from Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry. The contract includes options for two further ships.
The ships are being built to the Bluetech 42 design developed by Foreship BlueTech Ltd.
The main benefits claimed for the design are that, in comparison with competitors, the hold volume is approximately 15% greater and the deadweight some 5-9% more. Fuel consumption in relation to hold volume and deadweight is the lowest in the class.
According to HSVA database, the design has the lowest resistance through the whole speed range, thus even more benefits are expected in slow steaming
The vessel's main parameters are:
LOA 185 m
beam 31.0 m
draft 10.5 m
dwt 4,2300 t
hold volume 5,7750 cu. m
ice class 1C
The main engine is a MAN 5G50 B9.5 TII developing 4,900 kW NCR and with a fuel consumption of 18.4 t/day at 14 knots service speed (15% SM), ISO conditions, fuel LHV 42700 kJ/kg, T=9.5 m, w/o engine tolerances.