Spliethoff christens Bloemgracht before it heads to Australia
Spliethoff’s B-type multipurpose vessel Bloemgracht was recently christened in Batam, Indonesia, by Kimberly Valk, the daughter of Hans Valk, who stood at the foundation of the B-type vessels’ capabilities some 20 years ago.
Bloemgracht’s sister vessel Brouwersgracht was berthed in the same port during the christening ceremony. Spliethoff says its two B-type vessels are unique in the market. They combine the capabilities of an ice-strengthened multipurpose vessel and a deadweight of some 12.500 mton, with a DP2 system, which makes them eminently suitable for offshore delivery of large volumes and weights of cargo.
For fast, safe and efficient loading and unloading of pipes, the vessels have been equipped with a dedicated automated crane system, specially developed for these cargoes. Furthermore, the vessels, sailing under the Dutch flag, are equipped with two Huisman 500 mt Heavy Lift Mast cranes, which makes them suited for the transportation of heavy cargo.
To comply with the strict regulations regarding SOx- and NOx emissions, the propulsion and power generation systems have been equipped with scrubbers and SCR systems. Combining this with their fuel-efficient design makes the vessels environmentally friendly and in line with the Spliethoff Group’s continuous pursuit of greener business operations.
MV Bloemgracht has already performed her maiden voyage. In the coming months, the vessel will be deployed in a major Australian project to do one of the things that it was designed for, i.e. offshore delivery of pipes for a pipeline.