Burmeister & Wain Delivers First Vessel In Series Of Six To Polish Steamship Company

Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (B&W), Copenhagen, Denmark, recently delivered the Panamax bulk carrier Solidarnosc (BCT70), first vessel in a series of six vessels for the Polish Steamship Company. A second BCT70-type bulk carrier for the Polish Steamship Company, the Armia Krajowa, will be delivered this month.

Four more of the BCT70 vessels are going to be built as OBO-carriers, the last one to be delivered at the end of 1992. Thereafter, B&W intends to replace it with a new design, the BCT85 which, with its double hull and two meters between the inner and outer hull, meets the new American standards for oil carriers entering U.S. waters, as defined in Oil Pollution Act 90.

The Solidarnosc has a length of 750 feet, molded breadth of 106 feet, and design draft of 41 feet. Propulsion is provided by one MAN B&W crosshead diesel engine of the fivecylinder, direct-reversible, singleacting, two-stroke, constant-pressure turbocharged type 5S60MC or equivalent, achieving a speed of 15.2 knots when the main engine is developing 9,800 bhp. Auxiliary engines consist of three diesels, type MAN B&W 5L23/30 or equivalent, each directly coupled to an alternator, 550 kw, 720 rpm, 3 by 440 V, 60 Hz. There is also an emergency.

diesel generator of approximately 100 kw.

The BCT70 is a flexible type and can be delivered either as bulk car- rier, product carrier or OBO-car- rier. The vessel's design is such that the owner can postpone the decision as to whether it should be bulk car- rier or OBO-carrier until the construction stage is reached when specialized equipment- auxiliary engines, pumps, etc.—must be or- dered. It is a double hull vessel with all structural reinforcement be- tween the inner and outer hull. As consequence, the holds are com- pletely free of sharp edges and, there- fore easy to clean and maintain, For free literature on the facili- ties and capabilities of B&W, Circle 42 on Reader Service Card

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