Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced last Thursday (Sep26) that it delivered the bulk carrier AFRICAN CARDINAL, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT (Kawasaki hull No. 8038, DACKS hull No. DE056), for CARDINAL MARITIME S.A. at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS), which is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping).

Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers Bulk Carrier AFRICAN CARDINAL

Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below.

  • The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel products. Four 30-ton deck cranes are installed along the center in between the hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports that lack cargo handling facilities.
  • The vessel employs various technologies to achieve maximum fuel economy, including an energy-saving, electronically-controlled main diesel engine, a bow designed to reduce wave resistance, high propulsive efficiency propellers, and the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBS-F) and semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F), which all contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance.
  • The vessel incorporates various energy saving technologies, which reduce both fuel consumption and emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby complying with the EEDI* Phase 2 requirements.

Principal Particulars:

 Length overall  199.90 m
 Length between perpendiculars  197.00 m
 Molded breadth  32.24 m
 Molded depth  18.60 m
 Molded draft  13.00 m
 Gross tonnage  34,634
 Deadweight  61,226 t
 Hold capacity  77,539 m3
 Main engine  One set of MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3-TII diesel engine
Maximum continuous output: 8,130 kW at 108 rpm
 Speed  Approx. 14.5 kn
 Complement  25 people
 Classification  Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
 Country of registration  Panama

*    Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) - An amendment to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (“MARPOL,” one of the IMO treaties), became effective from January 2013, requires new ships to meet energy-efficiency levels based on the EEDI, an indicator of the amount of CO2 (in grams) emitted per metric ton of freight and per nautical mile of transportation. The energy efficiency requirement is tightened incrementally from Phase 0 to Phase 3, with the baseline being determined by the dates that the ship was contracted and/or delivered. By Phase 2, bulk carriers are required to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions.