BigRoll Shipping announces that it has contracted with COSCO Dalian Shipyard Co., Ltd. to build two MC Class Module Carriers for the transportation of ultra large and heavy modular cargoes. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in May 2015 and August 2015. The contract has an option for two additional vessels.

The MC Class is designed with a focus on reliability of operations, short loading and discharge time, high service speed and low accelerations, and will have Finnish Swedish 1A ice class notation. The vessels will have an overall length of 173 metres with a beam of 42 metres, providing them with a deck space of 42 by 125 metres. The deck is completely free of manholes, air heads etc. The depth is 12 metres, and the maximum deadweight of the MC Class vessels is 21,000 metric tonnes. The vessels will be highly suited to travel to remote areas such as the Arctic, as well as for direct offshore supply.

BigRoll Shipping is looking forward to a close cooperation with COSCO Dalian Shipyard in the detailed design and the construction of the vessels. “The market’s response to BigRoll Shipping and BigRoll’s MC Class design has been very positive and we are pleased we can now announce that the vessels will be available by mid 2015” says Arne Hubregtse of BigRoll Shipping. BigRoll Shipping is a joint venture of heavy lift shipping companies BigLift Shipping and RollDock Shipping.