MV Starnes, the first of two CSL-Hartmann joint venture ships built at Chengxi Shipyard was successfully delivered on August 10.
At a speed of 14 knots, the 40,000 DWT self-unloading ship successfully completed all dockside and sea trials and is now being prepared to sail to Hamburg via the Suez Canal. The vessel can self-discharge at a rate of 5,500 tonnes per hour and is equipped with a 90.5 metre boom, which is one of longest and largest ever built for a self-unloader. The self-unloading system can handle lump sizes up to 300 mm and free flowing materials with a bulk density in the range of 1.2-3.5t/m3.
Starnes is fitted with energy saving Hub fins, an exhaust scrubber and a ballast water treatment system with IMO and USCG compliance. The ship is the first of two for the CSL-Hartmann joint venture and joins a fleet of six other Hartmann self-unloading ships with 172,000 tonnes loading capacity that are transporting aggregates on routes throughout Europe. There, the vessels’ operations will consist of carrying aggregates between Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom. These two extra vessels add 80,000 tonnes loading capacity to the fleet on these routes.
Captain Bi Fusheng and Chief Engineer Li Fuwang will take the vessel to Manilla where there will be a crew change. The new crew will take the vessel on to Hamburg, Germany. CSL and Hartmann welcomes Starnes to the fleet and look forward to a successful partnership working together in Europe.