VESSEL REVIEW | Southern Rock – Netherlands’ Hartman Seatrade welcomes newbuild to heavy lift fleet

VESSEL REVIEW | Southern Rock – Netherlands’ Hartman Seatrade welcomes newbuild to heavy lift fleet

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Dutch shipping company Hartman Seatrade has begun operating a new Ro-Ro vessel that can also be used to transport containers and project cargo in support of the offshore energy industry and other customers.

Named Southern Rock, the vessel was built by a partnership between Dutch shipbuilders Neptune Marine and Hartman Marine Shipbuilding as well as Poland’s Partner Shipyard, where the hull was completed. It is the third in a planned series of four, the last example of which is scheduled for delivery to Hartman Seatrade before the end of this year.

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Southern Rock and its sisters are the largest vessels in the Hartman Seatrade fleet, with each ship having a length of 114.25 metres, a beam of 10 metres, a gross tonnage of 3,636, and a deadweight of 4,540. The holds are reserved for a maximum of 1,267 lane metres of assorted vehicles or 132 TEUs while the 95- by 15.5-metre open top deck will transport project cargo such as wind turbine blades and towers or 240 TEUs. The cargo-carrying arrangement complies with IMO guidelines concerning the transport of dangerous goods.

The vehicle freight is loaded and unloaded via a seven-tonne stern ramp that can accommodate a 10-tonne wheel load. The stern also has two wings to create additional deck space, thus allowing the vessel to transport more cargo without increasing fuel consumption.

The propulsion arrangement includes a 1,600kW MGO main engine, auxiliary engines from Sandfirden Technics, a 400kW bow thruster, and a 300kW stern thruster. The propulsion system delivers a service speed of 12.5 knots. Also fitted are a ballast water treatment system, navigation equipment from Radio Holland, Breeman sanitation and air conditioning systems, and safety equipment from Datema Delfzijl. De Flux provided interior design work while Piet Brouwer Electrical Engineering was responsible for the electrical installations.

Southern Rock was built in compliance to Bureau Veritas class rules. It will be managed by Netherlands-based Amasus Shipping.

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Southern Rock
Type of vessel: Heavy lift/Ro-Ro vessel
Classification: Bureau Veritas
Flag: Netherlands
Owner: Hartman Seatrade, Netherlands
Operator: Amasus Shipping, Netherlands
Builders: Neptune Marine, Netherlands; Hartman Marine Shipbuilding, Netherlands; Partner Shipyard, Poland
Length overall: 114.25 metres
Beam: 10 metres
Draught: 4.2 metres
Deadweight tonnage: 4540
Gross tonnage: 3636
Capacity: 1,267 lane metres; 372 TEUs
Main engine: 1,600 kW
Auxiliary engines: 2 x Sandfirden Technics
Side thrusters: 400 kW; 300 kW
Cruising speed: 12.5 knots
Electronics supplied by: Piet Brouwer Electrical Engineering
Other electronics: Radio Holland
Other equipment installed: Ballast water treatment system; Breeman sanitation systems; Breeman air conditioning systems
Interior designer: De Flux
Safety equipment: Datema Delfzijl
Type of fuel: MGO

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