FEBRUARY 19, 2013 — Bahri (The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia) has taken delivery of the first of six Roll-on/Roll-off Container (RoCon) vessels from Korean shipbuilder Hyundai MIPO.
The 220 m ships have a beam of 32.2 m, draft of 9.5 m, container capacity of 364 TEU and deck area of 24,000 square meters. The main engine will have an MCR of 12,500 kW, providing the ship with enough power for a service speed of more than 17 knots.
The 26,000 dwt RoCon vessels are based on a design by Danish naval architectural firm Knud E. Hansen A/S, which carried out a thorough project study including design and calculations. Knud E. Hansen A/S also assisted with technical asistance in the contract phase.
Built at a price of $70 million each, the new RoCon vessels are designed to carry general and project cargo and several other types of RoRo cargo. They are equipped with a loading bridge with a capacity of 250 tons and heavy lift cranes with a capacity of 240 tons.
Although smaller than ships in the current Bahri fleet, they provide more cargo lifting capabilities with an estimated 45 percent lower fuel consumption.