$80-Million Order For Bulk Carriers Signed By Alcoa And Hitachi

Alcoa Steamship Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aluminum Company of America, has signed a contract with Japan's Hitachi Shipbuilding & Engineering, Ltd. for three combination liquid/dry bulk carrier vessels.

The contract, valued at more than $80 million, calls for the first of three vessels to be completed in December 1981. The second vessel will be ready in February 1982, and the third should be finished in June 1982.

The three identical steel-hull, single-screw vessels will be of approximately 47,000 dwt on a design draft of 11 meters, with 209 meters LOA and 32.2 meters beam (36/685.7/105.6 feet). The vessels will be propelled by 15,200- bhp Hitachi/B&W diesel engines.

A crew of 22 will man each vessel.

Two of these new vessels will trade between the U.S. and Australia, transporting caustic soda solution and bulk cargo for Alcoa of Australia's production facilities.

Alumina to feed Alcoa's domestic smelters will be carried by these vessels on their return voyage.

The third carrier will trade between the U.S. Gulf and Alcoa's installations in the Caribbean, carrying caustic soda solution southbound and alumina and bauxite northbound.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Oct 1980

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