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Marine Log


September 6, 2007

RollDock opens Houston Office

Rotterdam based heavy transport carrier RollDock B.V. has appointed Eric Schmid as Managing Director of its new Houston office.

Schmid is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M Maritime University. His more than 16 years industry experience which has included management positions in ship agency, operations, port captaincy, logistics and chartering.

"We are pleased to have Eric on our team" said Frans van Seumeren, Chairman of RollDock B.V. and ex CEO of Mammoet. "It is rare to find someone with such a well rounded background"

RollDock is a specialist in maritime transportation of heavy and large-volume cargoes that has a six ship newbuilding program underway at Larsen & Toubro in India with options for further contracts.

The deliveries start in early 2008 and thereafter at four-month intervals.


The 8,000 dwt vessels are of a versatile design. They have three loading modes: lift on - lift off, float on - float off, and roll on - roll off.

In LO/LO mode they are capable of combining cranes for lifts up to 700 t.

In FO/FO mode they are semi-submersible, allowing floating cargoes such as dredges of up to 6,000 t and submarines to be floated onboard and transported dry in a 115 m long x 19m wide cargo hold.

In RO/RO mode, they are accessible via a SWL 1,600 t ramp and offer up to 4,000 t capacity.

With these ships, RollDock aims at accommodating the ever-increasing size and volumes of petrochemical equipment, offshore and power plant modules.

The 140 m LOA x 24 m beam ships have a 5.6 m max draft vessels have an excellent "small port" capability, They are certified to sail fully open when required, and and are ice-classed to cater to the offshore and LNG industries in Nordic regions.

At 18 knots, they are among the fastest heavy lift ships in the world.

In addition, RollDock has taken over an existing fleet of smaller vessels from Zadeko Ship Management, including the specialized dock type "Ostara."