New Fuel Efficient Pctnamax Bulk Carrier Christened At Burmeister & Wain Shipyard

Burmeister & Wain Shipyard, Copenhagen, has delivered the M/S Susan B, the fourth of the yard's fuel efficient Panamax bulk carriers of approximately 64,000- dwt. The vessel was built for Eljay Shipping, Inc., Monrovia, Liberia, and named by Mrs. Jane MacMichael, wife of Ethan Mac- Michael, group vice president, Philipp Brothers, USA.

Great interest has been shown in this new type of Panamax bulk carrier, primarily because of the low fuel oil consumption of about 37 tons daily at an average speed of 15 knots.

Burmeister & Wain Shipyard has an additional 13 bulk carriers of this type currently on order.

The ship is provided with seven large almost identical hatches with inclined hatch coamings and McGregor hydraulically operated steel hatch covers.

Holds 1, 3, 5 and 7 can be utilized f o r the transportation of ore.

Water ballast is carried in wing tanks, bottom tanks, in fore- and aft-peak and in hold 4 — a total water ballast capacity of 30,400 tons.

The ship is equipped with the most up-to-date navigation instruments: Loran, radio direction finder, radar, satellite navigator, autopilot and gyrocompass.

A Loadmaster is installed on the bridge, along with instru- ments for remote control of the main engine, to permit unmanned engine room operation.

The main engine consists of a five-cylinder long-stroke engine, B&W type L80GFCA, with an output of 12,600 bhp at 90 rpm.

The auxiliary machinery consists of two B&W engines, type 5T23- LH, each powering a generator of 500 kw and a turbogenerator of 500 kw.

A sound insulated control room is located, with control instruments for the machinery, in the engine room on the port side.

The steering gear is of the rotary vane type. The B&W type spade rudder is 44 square meters and weighs approximately 90 tons. It can be turned from 35 degrees in one direction to 30 degrees in the other in 28 seconds.

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