Hyundai Delivers First Of Three Bulk Carriers For Norwegian Owner

The first of three 40,790-dwt open-hatch bulk carriers, the Star Florida, was delivered recently by Hyundai Heavy Industries Company, Ltd. of South Korea to her managing owner, A/S Billabong of Bergen, Norway. The delivery took place one month earlier than initially scheduled at the owner's request.

Star Florida was named, together with sister ships Star Fugi and Star Fraser, in a simultaneous christening ceremony held at Hyundai's U1- san Shipyard.

The three bulkers were contracted in May 1983 through Joachim Grieg & Company of Bergen, who also arranged for the ownership with Nichimen Group and the bareboat arrangement between Nichimen and A/S Billabong. The latter company has chartered the three vessels for a 12-year period.

Designed to carry forest products, containers, and packaged lumber, in addition to bulk cargoes including ore and grain, the Star Florida has an overall length of 614 feet 6 inches, beam of 96 feet inches, and depth of 53 feet 3% inches. Propulsion is provided by the latest design Hyundai/B&W 7L60MCE slow-speed diesel with an output (test bed) of 11,720 bhp at 103.7 rpm. Normal continuous rating of 10,030 bhp will provide a service speed of 15.1 knots.

Nine cargo holds provide grain loading of 42,198 cubic meters. The vessel can load at total of 1,064 TEUs of containers, 604 TEUs in holds and 460 on deck. Cell guides installed inside the cargo holds 2, 4, 6, and 8 can accommodate a six-tier container stack, while the other holds are designed for two tiers.

Two 37-ton Mitsui/Paceco gantry cranes insure speedy and efficient container handling.

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