Landing craft solution for container transport

By Keith Henderson at July 07, 2011 05:44
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As the world of container ships grows ever larger, there is the other end of the “vessel size” spectrum that also looks to innovation and new ideas to provide economic solutions.

Transport of freight of all types is becoming more and more containerized and for small customers the movement of just a few containers presents its own problems. One example is the movement of containers to the small Caribbean island of St Barths. Too small to merit a stop off by a container ship, the nearest large port is on the other island of St Martin, a distance of 16 naut miles.

The shipping company RMP Caribes has specialized on this route for over 15 years and looked to the tried and tested landing craft type of vessel for a solution. Turning to naval architects and design bureau Piriou Ingénierie, Bretagne, France, their modern design of landing craft offers
a cost effective vessel for this size of cargo and the ability to operate where no container port exists.

Caption: The 39 m landing craft MV Hirundo was built to the design of Piriou Ingénierie,
Bretagne, France, and will be used in the Caribbean on the St Martin - St Barths route.
Image Credit: Piroiu

A new vessel, the MV Hirundo was built to this design by a shipyard in Vietnam and will be brought to Guadaloupe on a heavy lift ship and on to St Martin under her own power. The vessel has an LOA of 128 ft (39.2 m), beam of 32 ft (9.8 m) and draft of 9.4 ft (2.85 m). Propulsion is by twin six cylinder Cummins KTA19 diesels each rated at 317 kW (425 hp) at 1,800 rpm, propelling 5.9 ft (1.8 m) diameter FPPs via ZF 360 reduction gearboxes. Two gensets provide sufficient power for hotel load as well as for cargo reefer containers. The cargo capacity is up to to nine TEU of containers on trailers. Utilizing the landing craft ability to operate without a port - even a beach suffices, loading and unloading takes place via the hydraulically operated drop door which has a maximum capacity of 20 tons. In addition to a galley and head there are three cabins for the four man crew.

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