3.MAJ Delivers Innovative Tanker

Croatian-based shipyard, 3.MAJ Brodogradiliste, delivered the first of a contracted four-part tanker series this past August. Named M/T Margara, the 71,345-tdw oil tanker was constructed for Monte Carlo based owners subsidiary Doria Shipping Co., registered in Valetta, Malta. The $150 million contract for the vessels' construction was signed in March 1997, with a term loan facility arranged by Merrill Lynch Intl.

of London, who provided financing during construction. The Croatian Government, who arranged for a counter bank guarantee to be obtained from Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, provided additional assistance. The Maltese- flagged, ABS-classed vessel, which is intended for transportation of crude oil and oil products, measures 750 ft. (228.5 m) with a gt of 40,705. Its cargo space is divided by one corrugated longitudinal bulkhead, providing five pairs of cargo tanks and one pair of slop tanks. In addition to the usual double bottom throughout cargo space, double sides have been applied there, as well as in the vessel's fuel oil tanks, thus pro- viding compliance with the most stringent international envi- ronmental requirements. Cargo and ballast tanks have been coated with epoxy paint, and engine room controls are auto- mated. The vessel is powered by one Wartsila two-stroke m a r i n e diesel e n g i n e d e v e l o p i n g 12,000 k W at 105-rpm. Pro- p e l l e r s c o n s i s t o f o n e right h a n d e d N i - A l b r o n z e f o u r - b l a d e, h i l e its e l e c t r o n i c p o w e r plant b o a s t s t h r e e diesel g e n e r a t o r sets, each with Wartsila diesel engine and ABB generator, in addition to one emergency diesel generator set by Scania and one Stamford generator. Each pair of Margara's cargo tanks ( P&S) and pair of slop tanks is arranged with independent p i p e l i n e t o c r o s s - o v e r m a n f o l d . D i s c h a r g e v a l v e s are c l o s e t o th e c a r g o p u m p s, w h i c h are h y d r a u l i c a l l y o p e r a t e d f r o m t h e cargo control room. Capable of discharging 5,400 cu. m./hr. at 130 mlc, the vessel is equipped with four electric driven and three diesel engine driven hydraulic power units Circle 118 on Reader Service Card

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