GTRC Campbell Behind New Set of Orders in China

GTR Campbell, the designers of standard design ships like Freedom, Fortune, Friendship, Fantasy, Fortune MKII, Festiva, Valiant and Galaxy in cooperation with their associated concept design firm; Algoship Designers Ltd. of the Bahamas are behind the recent wave of new building orders of the Trader class handysize double hull bulk carriers by their long term clients Clipper Group of the Bahamas in conjunction with Shanhaiguan Shipyard and CSIC. Algoship has, in the past, developed the double hull, handy size bulk carriers of the Fantasy and Valiant types and the double hull handymax size bulk carrier of the Galaxy type for Clipper, Dockendale and Unicorn. Algoship was also instrumental in bringing out the Fortune MKII and Festiva designs. All of these designs are being built in various Chinese Shipyards according to ABS regulations.

The Trader design is based on various discussions between the Chartering and operations department of Clipper and the technical department of their technical managers - Dockendale Shipping Co Ltd., and drawing on GTRC's own experience in standard ship design and supervision for various owners such as Unicorn, Navarone, Pyrsos, Egon Oldendorff, Aug Bolten and Transmer.

The design also incorporates high specification machinery and equipment with safe margins, high specification paint coating including tar-free, light colored "surveyor friendly" paints for ballast tanks, tin free antifouling paints with sixty months life, a 1,300 mm wide double hull giving ample access for surveys and inspections. The characteristic Algoship wide hatches (75 percent of the beam) with minimum overhang.

large cargo hold tank top foot prints with small side hoppers and square bulkhead stools and four sets of 30-ton cranes fitted with radio controlled grabs enables the Trader design to handle cargoes without the assistance of secondary cargo handling equipments such as forklifts, pay-loaders etc. This not only reduces cargo damages but also substantially reduces the cargo handling time and costs.

Algoship and Shanhaiguan Shipyard have retained Mastek Heavy Industries of Pusan, Korea to carry out the basic and detail design in order to achieve a better quality of detailed design and material control.

Algoship and MASTEK are now developing a double hull super panamax bulk carrier to be built in China for their international ship owner clients.

The model test of the Trader was carried out at KRISO model basin in Korea.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Jul 2003

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