Sun Transport's Latest Carrier Has Many Advanced Features

Sun Transport, Inc., Aston, Pa., recently took delivery of the Suncor Chippewa, a 20,000-dwt petrochemical carrier constructed by Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Ltd. of Shimonoseki, Japan. Sun Transport will operate the vessel in world trade for Sunchem Ltd. of Canada, another subsidiary of Sun Company.

The 505-foot vessel, with a beam of 74y2 feet, depth of 4514 feet, and design draft of 3iy2 feet, is the first of two being built by Hayashikane for subsidiaries of Sun Company. The second petrochemical carrier is scheduled for delivery to Sun Transport later this summer.

The Suncor Chippewa is powered by a Mitsui/B&W 6L55GFC diesel engine with a maximum continuous output of 8,040 bhp at 150 rpm that will enable the ship to maintain a service speed of 14 knots. Three 650-kva diesel generators provide electric power.

Features of the ship include automation, permitting unmanned operation of the engine room and reduced crew (30) size. Individual s t a i n l e s s steel cargo pumps and piping systems, one per tank, are provided to discharge the cargo in six separate segregations. Other features include a sewage storage and treatment system, a cargo tank heating system, dual 100-percent steering gear machinery and control system, and a satellite navigation system that will enable the vessel to pinpoint its position at any given time.

The Suncor Chippewa is designed to carry many types of bulk liquid chemicals and petroleum products, including those classified as type II and type III by the Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organization.

These are types requiring special ship design and handling.

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