The Hartman Marine Group of The Netherlands, in conjunction with Conoship International and Vuyk Engineering Groningen, has developed a new type of ship specifically to cater for long and odd-size cargoes such as offshore equipment and windmills.

Known as the Hartman M2 Runner, the design features a high freeboard and narrow superstructure located on the starboard side of the stern as well as a 219,000ft³ hold equipped with a removable and adjustable ‘tweendeck. The 22.9m by 15m vessel is classed to sail in ‘open top’ configuration, with the hatch covers lifted and stowed clear, which allows the carriage of tall objects larger than the height of the hold.

The offset house gives a clear deck area on the port quarter that enables the ship to carry long objects of up to 90m in length. A laden service speed of 12 knots is furnished by a Wärtsilä 6L20 diesel of 1,200kW output and having a fuel consumption of 5.5 tonnes per day. The first ship built to the new design, the 3,500dwt Oceanic, is currently in service with Global Seatrade. JS


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