Friday, July 15, 2011

STX launches the largest VLOC

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding held a launching ceremony for the world's largest 400,000-dwt very large ore carrier (VLOC) at its Jinhae shipyard in South Korea on July 14th.

The VLOC, ordered by STX Pan Ocean, has a length of 361m, a breadth of 65m and a height of 30.5m with a cruising speed of 14.8 knots.

The ship was developed, designed and built by STX O&S. It has increased cargo hold's capacity by more than 20% and can load 40,000 tons of cargoes more than existing same-class ship.

The newbuilding has Straight Line Bow rather than Bulbous Bow. STX explains that ultra-large ship over 400,000 dwt is more efficient with Straight Line Bow than with Bulbous Bow.

It is also fitted with high-capacity ballast water treatment system and TIER-Ⅱ engines.

Published : July 14, 2011

Source: Asiasis

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