Premiere: FSG hands over ROLLDOCK STAR
Dutch owner takes delivery of heavy cargo transport ship
Flensburg, December 18th 2013: Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) today handed over the latest of four prototype newbuildings – the completed ROLLDOCK STAR for Dutch owners RollDock BV. The 151.50 metre long special ship is highly flexible in operation and also multi-functional. She is designed to carry demanding cargo and heavy project loads, for example in the offshore sector. A sister ship is due for completion and delivery next spring.
For FSG Managing Director Peter Sierk and his team today’s hand-over proved yet again “that we are capable of tackling new challenges successfully. Marketing, Design and Production teams have all pulled together to execute this order to the complete satisfaction of the customer”, he said. “The future of our shipyard clearly lies in specialised shipbuilding. If we remain as focused in our future activities as we have been in the past three years, I will have no need to worry about the FSG”, Sierk added.
The ROLLDOCK STAR has a range of different loading possibilities. Two heavy-duty cranes move cargo weighing up to 700 tons. In addition ROLLDOCK STAR boasts a stern ramp on which height can be adjusted and also has hatch covers, making her adaptable to port piers of differing levels. As a result, individual loads weighing up to 3,000 tons can be taken on-board or offloaded in classical RoRo mode. The ship can also be submerged by more than 12 metres to permit cargo to be floated in or out. Trials of this system have been carried out successfully in the past weeks.