PŻM: m/s Polsteam Łebsko launched

Another vessel for Polish Shipping has been launched at China’s Shanhaiguan shipyard in the Hebei province, PŻM spokesman Krzysztof Gogol reported on Tuesday. M/s Polsteam Łebsko is a vessel of the so-called lake carrier class, with a deadweight of 37,000 tonnes.

Polsteam Łebsko is a vessel adapted for sailing on the Great American Lakes.

“It is the custom of the technical and operational services of the PŻM to give lake-type bulk carriers the names of Polish lakes. This time the choice fell on Lake Łebsko located near Łeba, in the Słowiński National Park,” – Polish Shipping spokesman Krzysztof Gogol conveyed.

This year, two vessels entered the PŻM fleet: Polsteam Dąbie and Polsteam Koprowo.

Polsteam Łebsko is the third in a series of 12 bulk carriers built by the Shanhaiguan shipyard for Polska Żegluga Morska and received by the shipowner every quarter.

“Still waiting in the shipyard’s queue are Pile, Okra, Rudno, Borek, Mielno, Wigry, Wadag, Roś and Gopło lakes, which will also find their way onto the sides of PŻM ships,” – Gogol listed.

Lake carriers are a niche variety of handysize class bulk carriers (approximately 40,000 deadweight tonnes). They have dimensions of 199.99 m in length and 23.70 m in width; they are adapted to the most complex set of locks found on the Great American Lakes, built on the Welland Canal.

Through eight locks, located at a total difference in level of about 100 metres, ships are transported between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The Welland Canal was built in the 1930s right next to the famous Niagara Falls, a natural link between the two lakes.

Source: PortalMorski.pl

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