The US-flag Great Lakes operator has ordered its first new ship since 1981
Based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Interlake Steamship Co has ordered the new vessel from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The 639ft long, 78ft wide, 28,000dwt "River Class" bulker is scheduled for delivery in 2022 and will increase Interlake’s fleet to 10 vessels. It will be classed by ABS.
Interlake, Fincantieri and Bay Engineering are jointly designing the ship, complete with advanced vessel and unloading systems automation and what is described as a "unique cargo hold arrangement." Other parties involved in the design are EMD Engines, Caterpillar, EMSTech, Inc, Lufkin (GE) and Macgregor.
The ship is designed with 7,800 shaft horsepower produced by two 16-cylinder EMD diesel engines that are EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III certified. Top speed is 15-16 knots. It will have a flap rudder as well as bow and stern thrusters for high level manoeuvrability. Electrical power is provided by a 940 kW diesel generator, two 2500 kW shaft generators and a 274 kW emergency generator.
Sources: Crain’s Cleveland Business, Milwaukee Business Journal and WCN reports