On Friday, 18 February, a ceremony was held at the Chengxi Shipyard Co., Ltd. in Jiangyin, China, to name and hand over to the shipowner a vessel ordered by the Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Company – Chipolbrok.
Herbert (the ship’s name given in honour of the eminent Polish poet) is the second of four multipurpose ships ordered by Chipolbrok in the Chinese shipyard. Monika Walkusz-Wiechna became the godmother. As announced in social media by the Polish Register of Shipping, the ship will be led by Master Krzysztof Trocha during the maiden voyage.
The contract for a series of state-of-the-art 62,000-tonne geared heavy-lift multipurpose vessels, described in Chinese media as the largest in the world in their class, was signed in April 2020. The first ship of the series was delivered in December last year – it is the Tai Xing.
The ships in the series measure 199.90m in length, 32.26m in breadth, 19.30m in height, and draft to 13.50m when fully loaded. Each has five large holds and is equipped with four deck cranes on the starboard side with a lifting capacity of up to 300 tonnes.
According to some sources, they are the largest multipurpose ships in the world, designed to carry heavy and large cargoes. Once delivered, they will also become the third-largest ship type in the fleets of Polish shipowners. They will be surpassed only by the Panamax / Kamsarmax class bulk carriers of Chinese and Japanese construction owned by Polsteam (about 80-82 thous. tonnes of deadweight).
In addition to project cargo, these vessels will also carry a wide range of other cargoes, including timber products, various breakbulk and dry bulk.
The free surface of the flat deck on each of the ships in the series (more precisely, the total, continuous hatch cover area), measuring 166 × 30 m, will make it possible to carry very large, especially long, objects, as well as containers. Hence, the relevant PRS class notation – ACC. The ship is being built under the Polish Register of Shipping supervision in the “dual-class” system – double class PRS and DNV).