HOUSTON – BigLift Shipping and RollDock Shipping have formed a joint company, BigRoll, which will operate two newbuild transportation vessels.
The MC-Class module carriers (maximum deadweight 22,500 metric tons/24,802 tons) will be available around end-2014 to early-2015 for transport of ultra large and heavy modular cargoes by sea, including offshore structures.
The design focus will be on short loading and discharging times, high service speed (13 knots) and low acceleration. Both vessels will have DP-2 and Finnish Swedish 1A ice class notations.
Overall length of the MC-Class is 169 m (554 ft) with a beam of 42 m (138 ft), providing a deck space of 42 x 125 m (138 x 410 ft). Room on the main decks is maximized by keeping them free of manholes and air heads.
Loading and discharging of modules can be performed over the vessels’ stern or side by ro-ro or skidding. To minimize loading/discharge time the ballast capacity of the vessel is 12,000 cu m/hr.