Astilleros Espanoles Delivers First Of Four Del Monte Reefers

Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) recently delivered the first of four 370,000-cubic- foot reefer vessels for Del Monte under construction at its Sevilla yard.

Classed ABS A1 E AMS +RMC ACCU, the Liberian-flag reefer Del Monte Planter has an overall length of 462-1/2 feet, length between perpendiculars of 426-1/2 feet, beam of 73 feet, depth of 42 feet and draft of 30 feet. Like her sister ships, the Planter is powered by an AESAbuilt MAN B&W Diesel 6L60MC engine, which has a specific fuel oil consumption of 124.5 grams/bhp/hr, with a maximum continuous rating of 13,750 bhp at 117 rpm. The 10,000-mt refrigerated cargo vessel will be able to obtain a speed of 20 knots at her design draft of 22-1/2 feet, and 18 knots at her full draft of 30 feet.

Each of the four 370,000-cubicfoot reefers has four holds optimized for the carriage of palletized cargoes, with single hatches. All the holds have similar cubic capacities.

Deep fuel oil tanks are arranged fore and aft of the holds aboard the 8,990-gross-ton vessels. Even though the machinery space and accommodations are located aft, the machinery space and uptakes are not integrated with the accommodation block. There are 16 single crew cabins on board.

The 124-FEU (forty-foot equivalent- unit) Del Monte Planter has three tweendecks, with 16 refrigerated spaces divided into eight thermally independent parts. She is fitted with two sets of 19-mt lifting capacity twin cylinder topped electrohydraulic cranes. A single 3-mt cylinder topped electrohydraulic crane has been installed for stores and provisions.

Furthermore, the Del Monte Planter will feature computerized Spare Parts Inventory Management (SPIM), Planned Maintenance (PMS) and Condition Monitoring (CMS) systems from Marine Management Systems, Inc. (MMS) of Stamford, Conn.

The fully integrated systems were installed under a contract awarded by Del Monte Fresh Fruit International of Hamilton, Bermuda, to MMS.

According to Don Logan, MMS vice president, the systems will be installed on the eight other Del Monte reefers under construction at AESA.

The shipboard systems will inter- face with MMS's SPIM and PMS systems being installed at Del Monte's operation office in Hamilton, as well as at an additional shore office expanded to support a warehouse system. Working together, these systems will provide full inventory and maintenance management control for the Del Monte fleet of vessels.

AESA is also constructing five 580,000-cubic-foot reefers for Del Monte. These vessels will each have an overall length of 520 feet, breadth of 77 feet, and draft of 30 feet. Like the smaller reefers, these five vessels will each be powered by a single AESA-built MAN B&W Diesel 6L60MC engine.

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