Tanker New Building Progress

Progress of Matuku

The new ECO design Medium Range coastal product/chemical tanker currently being constructed for the New Zealand coastal trade is well underway at the SPP Sacheon shipyard in South Korea. Owned by Grindrod Shipping based in Singapore, the new vessel, to be named Matuku will be chartered to Silver Fern Shipping Limited, and on-chartered to Coastal Oil Logistics Ltd (COLL), for distribution of petroleum products in New Zealand. Classed by DNV GL her principal particulars are: Summer load 49,990 dwt (approx), breadth 32.2m, design draft 11.00m, and she will have a MAN B&W, 6G 50 ME type main engine delivering 7,500kw @ 87 engine rpm. Matuku will replace the current vessel Torea, and will have the latest in design and environmental parameters. As discussed in the ASPects September 2015 edition, these will include Common Structural Rules notation (CSR), the latest Ram bow design, streamlined stern section, slow speed propeller, the latest hydraulic rotary-vane steering gear ystem, bow thruster, and S/W pump control Energy Saving System (ESS). These modern innovations will provide the most efficient operational and environmental standards ever seen in New Zealand coastal shipping trades. Construction of Matuku ommenced with steel cutting in February 2015, with the keel laying being completed in October. 122 Hull blocks were prefabricated, and erected. Main generators have been installed, together with other machinery and equipment, including various pumps, electrical installations and piping etc. Continuous inspections have been carried out during the construction period by DNV GL Class, shipyard quality inspectors and owner’s representatives.Matuku was launched in December and final delivery is scheduled for March this year.