Dutch heavy lift shipping company RollDock Shipping has taken delivery of its latest vessel Rolldock Storm from Germany-based Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG).
The new vessel is the shipping company's fourth next-generation semi-submersible heavy lift roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessel.
The ship complements RollDock's existing fleet, which includes the Rolldock Sun, Rolldock Sea and the sister vessel, Rolldock Star.
The Rolldock Storm features two 350t Liebherr heavy-lift cranes, a ro-ro ramp with up to 4,000t weight capacity, which can be placed at various levels in relation to the quay, and a box-shaped dock hold measuring 119.44m by 19.4m.
Powered by two MAK 9M32 engines, the vessel has a sailing speed of approximately 17k as well as the ability to submerge, to facilitate the cargo loading such as dredgers, submarines and other naval craft.
The vessel's manoeuvrability, along with maximum shallow draft of 5.67m fully loaded capabilities, allow it to sail to remote ports with little water depth to load or discharge cargo.
Last year, RollDock Shipping collaborated with BigLift Shipping to form BigRoll joint venture, which will operate two MC-class Module Carriers for ultra-large and heavy modular cargo transportation by sea.
BigRoll expects to take delivery of the two new vessels, Bigroll Barentsz and Bigroll Bering, in 2015.
Image: Rolldock Storm cargo vessel. Photo: courtesy of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co KG (FSG).