Sea trials & delivery
During week 50 M/V Greenland went through an extensive sea trial program. Normally this type of cargo ship requires about two days for sea trials. With the added functionality of LNG, several tests must be done on booth MDO and LNG, thus four days were reserved.
The base for the sea trials was Port of Delzilj in the northern part of Netherlands. The first day at sea was the 8th of December and the ship was assisted by tugs to the breakwater and then released, running independently on her own for the first time.
Sea trials is a busy episode in the yard phase. Most important is to test all functions in relation to classification rules and specification. After the completion the classification society is expected to be able to issue the certificates and followed by the owner taking delivery. Sea trials is also the first possibility for the crew to familiarize with the ship at sea and get ready for the maiden voyage. Also the yard has workers on board to fix any outstanding issues pending for delivery.
The sea trials went generally well. The LNG function in combination with the cargo handling equipment makes this ship relatively complex and some fine adjustments were necessary. All outstanding issues are now solved and the ship is delivered. In the next day’s M/V Greenland will depart from Delfzilj and set course towards the first loading operation in Rostock. She will then mostly load in Germany or Denmark and transport cement to Sweden and Norway.
One can expect some minor additional updates of this site after the first time in operations, but formally this project will be closed by the end of this year. With this said, we can now conclude that the project JIP LSR has succeeded the commitment to design, build, certify and commission a LNG dry cargo vessel. The sea trials and delivery of M/V Greenland is a milestone but also a receipt that European shipping and shipbuilding knowledge has moved one step ahead. The strong partnership between Ferus Smit, Thun and Lloyds register together with the EU funding as an incubator are fundamental bedrocks enabling this project.
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