New Inland WaterwaysVessel

By Keith Henderson at January 18, 2011 07:42
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The Mercurius Shipping Group based in Holland have introduced a new concept vessel called the “M-factor,” for plying the extensive inland waterway networks of Europe. The vessel is of modular construction with a load capacity of 1,500 tonnes and has a LOA of 84.8 m, beam 9.6 m and draft of 2.8 m. The basic multi functional design can be completed as a bulker, 90TEU container ship or tanker. Accommodation is provided for three or four persons in two or three cabins with full noise insulation for continuous operation.

The special, below waterline, hull shape allows an engine of 552 kW (740hp) at 1,900 rpm to be used, which otherwise would require a larger power unit of approximately 746 kW (1,000 hp). Commonly, a Volvo Penta D16MH diesel engine is used, driving a 1.5 m diameter screw via a Twin Disc 5170 reverse reduction gear. Analysis of the usage profile for this type of vessel reveals that the main engine will operate on part load for at least 80 to 90 per cent of the time.

To ensure compliance with future emission regulations, the engine is equipped with a STT Emtec SCR and POC system providing a reduction in NOx of 70 to 90 per cent with a particulate matter decrease of about 40 per cent. To improve manoevrability a thruster is provided, powered by an auxiliary Volvo Penta D12 diesel rated at 294 kW (395 hp) at 1,800 rpm .

The first ship is presently under construction at shipbuilders Begej, Serbia due for completion in May 2011: an annual production of four to six vessels of this type is planned.


image credit: Mercurius Scheepvaart Group

Comments (2) -

Gefeliciteerd met jullie geweldige concept.

Rolf Maliepaard |     1/19/2011 2:34:01 AM #

I will bet there has been a lot of CFD in that afterbody.

alex gafford |     1/19/2011 12:37:53 PM #

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