Polsteam Koprowo – a new ship in the Polsteam fleet

The new ship joined the fleet of the Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam). She is the bulk carrier m/s Polsteam Koprowo, named after a lake located on Wolin Island. The name is not a coincidence, as the ship is a so-called lake carrier with dimensions and equipment adapted to navigation on the American Great Lakes.

The delivery and christening ceremony occurred at the Chinese Shanhaiguan shipyard in Qinhungdao (Hebei province) of the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) group. Dorota Kubiak, head of the Technical Settlement Department at Polsteam, became the godmother.

The Polsteam Koprowo is the second in a series of twelve 37,000 dwt lake-type (laker-max) bulk carriers built by the Dalian Shipbuilding shipyard for the Polish Owner. The first of the series – the Polsteam Dabie – was handed over in mid-January 2024 and arrived in the Great Lakes of America at the beginning of April after a long voyage worldwide.

Subsequent vessels will be delivered every quarter. The first eight vessels will be equipped with engines running on low-sulphur fuel. The last four will already be able to burn emission-free ‘green’ methanol.

Polsteam Koprowo will sail on her first voyage on 26 April, commanded by experienced Capt. Andrzej Tłusty. The bulk carrier will load steel in the ports of Shanghai, Zhangjiagang (China) and Pohang (Korea) before crossing the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal, taking a course for the St Lawrence Trail and the Great Lakes ports of Hamilton and Windsor.

On its fixed route to the American lakes, Polsteam carries high-grade steel from the Netherlands for the American automotive industry (about 300,000 tonnes per year) while on return voyages to Europe or North Africa, American and Canadian grain.

The Polsteam fleet comprises 56 vessels, including 52 bulk carriers and four ferries.

Source: PortalMorski.pl
Photos: Polsteam

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