Graig takes delivery of first of handysize pair
Graig Group has taken delivery of the 35,000 dwt handysize bulk carrier Graig
Cardiff, the first of two Seahorse 35 class vessels building for Graig and
partners at Jiangdong Shipyard, Wu Hu, China.
Graig Cardiff is entered into the Lauritzen Bulkers pool and is currently on
her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Argentina. Her sister vessel, the Graig
Rotterdam, is due for delivery later this year. Both vessels have been
constructed under the supervision of Graig China Limited and will be managed by
Graig's ship management divisions in Cardiff and Shanghai. Both vessels will
operate with a full Chinese crew.
Hugh Williams, CEO, Graig Group, says, “This delivery
is a significant step in our phased reinvestment into shipowning. We are
confident that the design is economical and practical for charterers, we know
it is well built because we supervised it ourselves and we are confident in our
Chinese crewing and management operation which are delivering excellent results
in service for the Chinese-owned vessels we already manage. We believe this and
its sister vessel will deliver value for money in the charter market.”
The Graig Cardiff’s main parameters are economical and efficient operation, environmental
friendliness and maintenance, safety, loading flexibility and shallow draft. The
cargo capacity is divided into five flush double skinned cargo holds with wide
hatches and no hopper tanktops, ensuring easy access and cleaning. The hatches
are served by four 30 tonne SWL wire-luffing cargo cranes and remote-
turn-around time is achieved by effective cargo hold cleaning by portable
washing machines. Outlets of water and compressed air are arranged in all cargo
holds at tanktop-level. A permanent washing water return line is arranged in
each cargo hold at tanktop level. Two cargo hold washing water holding tanks
arranged for temporary storage enable cargo hold cleaning in sensitive and
complete double-skin configuration ensures easy access to structural
inspection, even when the vessel is loaded.
A slender after body and a high efficient propeller ensures
optimal performance with minimum fuel oil consumption. A vertical stem is designed
to improve the fuel efficiency in adverse weather conditions. Frequency-controlled SW cooling pumps reduce
power consumption by 70 per cent
and waste heat recovery on two of the three generators obviates the need to run the
boiler when slow steaming.
DWT at scantling
draft 35,000 tonnes
The vessel is propelled
by a MAN B&W 5S50MC-C engine giving a loaded service speed of 14 knots
consuming 25 tonnes per day.
There is a total
crew of 21. The vessel is DNV class and flies the UK flag.
Graig has active ship management divisions in Shanghai
and Cardiff and has unrivalled experience working with Chinese shipyards. It
has built for its own account or advised on and supervised over 130 ships in
Chinese yards and currently manages a number of vessels built in China for
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The Graig Group is a broad-based international shipping services, ship
owning, and offshore group delivering technical ship management and commercial
ship management, newbuilding supervision, offshore support services, expert
consultancy, dry-dock management, ship inspections, lay-up services, ship
design, ship owning joint ventures and ship finance to global clients who
appreciate personal service.
Graig has been building, managing and owning ships since 1919. Today it
provides technical and commercial management and crewing for a mixed fleet of
vessels on behalf of a number of owners and banks and has supervised over 130
newbuildings for itself and major shipowners.
Graig provides technical consultancy and management support services to
two major banks with a financed fleet of over 100 vessels and also to a number
of flag states. It develops innovative
designs such as the Diamond bulk carriers and the Marlin fuel efficient
container ships. It can source yards and
finance for all vessel types and provide newbuilding supervision and follow up
with in service management.
Graig employs a global maritime workforce drawn from the UK, China, the
Philippines, Vietnam, India and Russia and has offices in Cardiff, London, Oslo
Shanghai and Hong Kong. Graig Group
staff bridge the gap between sea and shore, between east and west to bring the
best in innovation, service and partnership to the global shipping industry. www.graig.com
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