Home' Baird Maritime : September 2011 Contents 'Esprit'
Type of vessel:
In survey to:
Deck cargo capacity:
Multi-purpose cargo vessel
Harlingen, The Netherlands
JR Project Development,
Chowgule & Co. -
Shipbuilding Division, India
5.8 metres (full-load)
Caterpillar MaK 6M 25,
1,980kW at 750rpm
Rolls Royce Marine
13.3 knots (lightship)
12 knots (full load)
Sisu 645 DSBIG, 180kW
1 x Stamford, 168kW;
1 x shaft generator, 312kW
HRP bow thruster, 250kW
Rolls Royce Marine
Cassens & Plath
Coops & Nieborg
50 cubic metres
Located in Goa, the shipbuilding
division of Chowgule & Company was
established in 1951 to build, repair and
operate river vessels on the many inland
waterways that criss-cross the western
The company has expanded over the
years and now constructs a wide range of
riverine and ocean-going craft with a recent
portfolio that includes barges, ferries,
trawlers, dredgers, tugs, catamarans and
The expertise it has developed over its
many years of operation is reflected in the
high quality of the vessels it builds,
something that has become increasingly
recognised abroad with a large number of
foreign orders in recent years.
'Esprit', a multi-purpose cargo vessel, is a
typical delivery from the yard, ordered by
Dutch company JR Project Development.
The vessel, which was built to a design by
Netherlands-based naval architect firm
Conoship International, has an overall
length of 89.95 metres, a beam of 14.4
metres, depth to main deck of 7.85 metres
and a fully loaded draught of 5.8 metres.
Complying with Bureau Veritas
classification standards, the 4,450-tonne
deadweight capacity ship has a container
capacity of 144TEU. Her eight double-bottom
cargo holds have a combined volume of
5,818 cubic metres and are adapted for the
transport of containers or a wide variety of
general cargoes. A Coops & Nieborg gantry
crane is mounted on the deck astride the
cargo hatches for container handling.
Propulsion is provided by a single
Caterpillar MaK 6M25 main engine with an
output of 1,980kW at 750rpm. Driving
through a Reintjes gearbox to a Rolls Royce
Marine propeller, the drive train provides
for a maximum speed of 13.3 knots and an
economical cruising speed of 12 knots.
Electrical power is provided by a Stamford
diesel generator operating in conjunction
with a shaft-driven alternator.
The vessel's four-deck aft superstructure
is outfitted with accommodation for a crew
of nine. A central stair trunk leads up to a
modern wheelhouse equipped with a
Furuno electronics package that includes a
radar, sounder and GPS unit. Bridge wings
are provided on each side of the house
while inside a ship's office and separate
lounge area are located immediately
behind the bridge helm console.
Delivered in the middle of April, 'Esprit'
will be home ported in the Dutch city of
Harlingen, in Friesland.
For further information contact:
Chowgule & Company, India.
PH: +91 832 2777 010,
FX: +91 832 2858 058,
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