RollDock Shipping recently placed its first of eight new specialized heavy-lift vessels into service.
The RollDock Sun successfully completed sea trials in January in Mumbai and was handed over to Rotterdam-based RollDock, which immediately sent the vessel on its first contract voyage, one of seven scheduled trips carrying large modules from Sattahip, Thailand, to Singapore.
The RollDock Sun is the first in a series of identical, Ice-class E2 sister ships that will have three loading modes — load-on, load-off, or lo-lo; roll-on, roll-off, or ro-ro; and flow-on, flow-off, or flo-flo.
The 469-foot-long vessel is equipped with a pair of heavy-lift Liebherr cranes, each with a 350-ton lift capacity and a tandem lift capacity of 700 tons. The RollDock Sun’s stern ramp, which with the hatch covers are vertically adjustable to cope with varying quay heights, can handle cargo components with a unit weight of up to 4,000 tons. The submerging system allows a water depth of 20.3 feet within the vessel’s dock hold.
The RollDock Sun was the first vessel built at the new Larsen & Toubro shipyard facility in Hazira, India.
“Her delivery has been greatly anticipated, to say the least!” said Eric Schmid, managing director of RollDock (Americas). “We hope to have her sister, the Rolldock Sea, join us by July.”
The vessel will be deployed in the following shipping lanes: Far East to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and Europe; Far East to West Africa, east coast of South America, the U.S. Gulf and East Coast; and intermediate employment in the Far East and Australia.
RollDock Netherlands was founded in 2006 by the former chief executive of Mammoet, Frans van Seumeren, who created the company with an injection of about $200 million from investors such as NileDutch; a private Dutch equity group, V3; and Orient Shipping, which is part of the Van Weelde Group of companies in the Netherlands. Van Seumeren supervised the lifting of the Russian submarine Kursk when he headed up Mammoet.
RollDock (Americas) was formed in 2007 and is based in Houston, where Eric Schmid represents the company in North, Central and South America.
For information about RollDock, visit www.rolldock.com.