Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever


May 25, 2009

Turkish yard delivers first of four 3,087 dwt tankers

Turkey's Çiçek Shipyard has delivered the 3,087 dwt double-hull tanker Frecciamare to the Italian shipowner Ciane Anapo Spa, part of the Novella Group.

Frecciamare was completed as Chem Flower, the first of four identical vessels now being built by Çiçek for its associated shipowning company White Tulip Shipping, based in Malta.

White Tulip sold Chem Flower to Ciane Anapo shortly after completion, leaving Çiçek to make some minor modifications to meet the new owner's requirements.

Ciane Anapo intends using this first vessel for bunkering duties, the four ships are all capable of worldwide trading, transporting oil products, chemicals (IMO type II) and vegetable, animal and fish oils.

MarineLine coatings were selected by Çiçek to give the ability to carry a wide range of cargoes while high maneuverability is guaranteed by the choice of twin azimuthing propellers and a bow thruster.

The BV classed ships are constructed to meet Ice B standards.

Berke Çiçek, Vice President of Cicek Shipyard, says interest from European owners in this type of ship is still s strong, despite the overall weak state of the shipping market. He explained:

"New double-hulled vessels such as Frecciamare and her three sisters now under construction are in great demand to replace older tonnage and because we took the initiative to start construction to our own account, the new owners have benefited from an extremely short delivery period," he says. "We are talking to a number of other potential owners and charterers and are confident of finding buyers who can secure immediate and profitable employment for these vessels."

"We were interested to see that Frecciamare's owner Ciane Anapo envisages employing its new vessel in the bunker trades as we had identified this market as particularly attractive. Many bunker tankers are still single-hull and quite elderly. There is a replacement market and there is also a requirement for larger vessels like ours since average ship sizes continue to grow. Large containerships, for example, take on board substantial amounts of bunkers and they also expect a fast rate of delivery."

Mr. Çiçek continued: "For the next three vessels, we are able to offer late changes in specification, for example in the choice of tank coatings, thus providing great flexibility when discussing potential charterers' precise requirements. We are, with due notice, able to make more radical changes, as might be requested by owners with specific employment in mind."

Frecciamare: principal particulars
Length (oa): 84.91 m
Length (bp): 77.97 m
Breadth: 12.60 m
Depth: 6.40 m
Design draft: 5.30 m
Scantling draft: 5.40 m
Deadweight: 3,087 tonnes (at 5.30 m draft)
Gross: 1,980 tons
Main engines: 2 x 6-cylinder Mitsubishi S12R-MPTK diesels each generating 940 kW at 1,600 rpm
Service speed: 11 knots at 85 percent mcr

Çiçek Shipyard is located on Tuzla Bay, near Istanbul, and in addition to the small tankers, its current orderbook includes 58,000 dwt and 25,000 dwt bulk carriers. It has a long track record of constructing chemical tankers from 8,000dwt up to 40,000dwt in size.

The largest vessels are constructed in a 37 m wide building dock while ships of up to 25,000 dwt can be built on an adjacent slipway. The 3,100 dwt tankers are being constructed on a second slipway, capable of building ships of up to 3,500dwt.

Construction of vessels in the building dock began in 2006. The first and still the only such facility in Turkey, it is served by a 300 tonne gantry crane and has already been used to construct four IMO II chemical tankers. The building dock is currently being extended to 250 m in length.

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