M.V. Ireland is a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement of Bergen, Norway. The vessel and her sister M.V. Greenland are among the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system which includes a unique design incorporating a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the fore-part of the vessel.
Built by Ferus Smit Shipyard, Westerbroek, The Netherlands
Owned KGJ Cement
Operated by MF Shipping Group
Delivered in 2016
GRT 4284 tons
DWT 7300 MT
Main engine Wartsila
Flag Norwegian International Register
KGJ Cement owns and operates a large fleet of pneumatic cement carriers, and is the largest independent cement carrier owner in the world. A spectacular video of the vessel’s launch can be found at http://www.ferus-smit.nl/nb-435-m-v-ireland-successfully-launched/.
As with most dedicated cement carriers, discharging is undertaken pneumatically via one or two hoses between the vessel and reception facilities. The cargo is pumped out by compressed air which is supplied by the vessel’s integrated cargo handling equipment. Conversely, loading can be performed either pneumatically or by gravity with dust emissions being eliminated by on board dust collectors. In addition to cement, the vessel can carry commodities such as fly ash, slag powder and other similar products.
The picture above right shows an LNG bunkering operation from truck on the River Elbe in Brunsbuttel, Germany.
Ship of the Week contributed by Capt. Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.