Breakbulk and project cargo carrier Intermarine said it will take delivery this month of the Industrial Freedom, the first of four new multipurpose heavy-lift ships the carrier has ordered.
The new ships will have capacities of 14,100 deadweight tons. Each ship will have two 400-metric ton cranes that can be combined for 800-ton lifts, and one 80-ton standard crane. The vessels are being built in China.
The ships' deck houses will be near the bow, clearing more space for handling large modules or stacking several tiers of lightweight cargo.
The company's F-class ships have been named the Industrial Freedom, Industrial Fighter, Industrial Force, and Industrial Faith.
"Although the shipping industry worldwide is in a bit of a recession, we see continued growth in the project sector, which will demand modern tonnage to meet transport requirements and schedules," said Andre Grikitis, president of Intermarine. "The size of reactors, fractionators, and cracking towers at refineries and chemical plants are getting bigger, and these new ships will have greater cargo intake while retaining the shallow draft capability that allows us to service smaller ports and undeveloped areas."
Intermarine provides regular and reliable transportation in the Americas, Europe and Asia as well as customized services worldwide. The company has offices in Houston, New Orleans, Bogota, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Seoul, Mumbai, Hamburg, and Zeist, Netherlands.
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