Meyer Werft Delivers Fourth Gas Carrier In Series Of Six For USSR

Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, recently delivered the 15,000- cubic-meter LPG/ammonia carrier Skulte to AKP "Sovcomflot," Moscow.

The 518-foot-long by 70-footbeam newbuilding, named after a place in the Gulf of Riga, is the fourth ship in a series of six gas carriers for the USSR. Upon completion of the series by autumn of this year, the yard will have built a total of 45 liquefied gas tankers.

Like the other ships in the series, the Skulte is owned by "Sovcomflot" and will be operated on their behalf by Latvian Shipping Co. of Riga.

The vessel is propelled by one MAN B&W Diesel two-stroke main engine, type 6L50MCE, developing 5,820 kw (7,920 hp) at 141 rpm; the propeller speed is 141 rpm. The main engine is capable of burning heavy fuel oil up to IF 380 (3,500 sec. Redwood I).

Electrical power is supplied by three MAN B&W Diesel generating sets, 2 x type 8L 23/30 and type 6L 23/30, with A. van Kaick generators having a capacity of 2 x 1,025 kw and 770 kw. The diesel engines are designed to operate on HFO IF 380.

Unattended operation of the machinery space is possible in compliance with the regulations.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Mar 1991

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