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Forest Products Cargo 'Carrier' Launched

20th September 2018
Launch of forest products cargoship Scot Carrier at a Dutch shipyard in Groningen.  Launch of forest products cargoship Scot Carrier at a Dutch shipyard in Groningen. Photo: Royal Bodewes -twitter

#Ports&Shipping - Forest products shipping carrier Scotline whose vessels can be seen in Irish Ports, among them Wicklow, had their latest newbuild launched in the Netherlands.

Newbuild Scot Carrier which at 4,800dwt will be the largest in the fleet, was christened almost a week ago in the Royal Bodewes shipyard in Groningen.

According to Scotline, Pat, the Godmother of the vessel, performed her role perfectly last Friday by smashing the champagne bottle for the first time – hopefully a good omen!

Once outfitting is completed this will see the near 90m vessel carry out sea trials.

Scot Carrier is very similar to Scot Leader as previously reported on Afloat. This cargoship was also built at Royal Bodewes, but originally for a different owner. The newbuild been built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions to be ready for the ballast water treatment system, when they become applicable.

A beam is given at 15.20 meters, while the maximum sailing draft is 5.68 meters and cubics of 235,000 cbf (6650 cbm). A hold depth is just under 9 metres. The hold (also fitted to take containers) has an ice class 1B classification which is important for the operators Baltic customers.

The powerplant is to be provided by a MaK engine.

Scotline primarily runs a 'liner' service around Northern Europe with regular routes between Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany. In addition liner services linking the Baltic States, the Netherlands, France and the UK. Cargoes vary from forest products to bulk cargoes to project cargoes.

Likewise of the fleetmates, Scot Carrier will be UK flagged and classed under Lloyd’s Register.

As for the port of registry, this is Inverness. The Scottish port is among several terminals used by the Romford in Kent based company. The terminals are located in Gunness on the Trent and a pair of terminals with an office based in Rochester on the river Medway, also in Kent.

Published in Ports & Shipping
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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