Lemissoler picks Kaplan propellers for bulker series

JUNE 18, 2014 — Limassol, Cyprus, based Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd. has selected the fuel-efficient MAN Alpha Kappel propeller design for a new series of eight 58,500 DWT bulk carriers planned for delivery during 2015 and 2016.

The bulkers have been designed by SDARI (Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute) to have a a green operational profile and deliver an optimized fuel consumption and minimal emissions.

The 6.8 meter, slow-running, four-bladed Kappel fixed-pitch propellers will be tailored to the SDARI-design bulk carriers and a drivetrain powered by an MAN B&W 5S60ME-C engine, economy-rated at 8,050 kW and 89 rev/min.

Thomas Leander, Senior Manager of Propeller & Aft Ship, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: "The cooperation and optimization process with the owners and SDARI has been excellent, especially in terms of developing the fully optimised main-engine, propeller, shafting and aft-ship layout. Furthermore, this Kappel order gives MAN Alpha propellers a strong foothold within the medium- to large-sized bulker segment".

The eight vessels will be built by New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of the New Century Shipbuilding Group, Jiangsu Province, China. The first four newbuildings will be classified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and the remaining units by ABS.

MAN Diesel & Turbo's propeller-production partner in China – Dalian Marine Propeller Co., Ltd (DMPC) – will manufacture the Kappel propellers for the Lemissoler bulkers. Each FPP will have a diameter of 6.8 m and a finished, machined weight of approximately 17.8 tons.

This new contract follows an earlier order for a series of 7.2-meter Kappel propellers manufactured by DMPC for the world's largest 8,500 CEU car carriers under construction for Höegh Autoliners, and some retrofit orders following a recent Keppel/Singapore Kappel propeller exchange job for Great Eastern Shipping Company's 105,000-DWT crude-oil carrier Jag Lavanya.

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Principal particulars
Type of vessel     58,500 DWT Bulk Carrier
Length between pp (m)     186.5
Breadth molded (m)     32.26
Draft fp/ap (m)     11.30
Design speed (knots)     14.2
Main engine     MAN B&W 5S60ME-C 8.2
Output (SMCR kW)     8,050 at 89 r/min
Propeller     MAN Alpha Kappel
Blades/diameter (mm)     4 / 6,800