Dutch transportation company BigRoll Shipping has contracted COSCO Dalian Shipyard Co. Ltd to build two more MC Class module carriers, bringing the total number of vessels under construction to four, the company said.
The first two vessels BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering were ordered in 2013 and are scheduled for delivery late 2015 and early 2016.
The two additional vessels will be named BigRoll Baffin and BigRoll Beaufort. They are due for delivery mid 2016 and early 2017 respectively.
All BigRoll vessels are named in honour of famous Arctic explorers, which was inspired by the ships’ suitability for shipping to Arctic
The MC Class are designed with particular focus on a high ballast capacity, low fuel consumption, high service speed and sea keeping behavior – which in turn provides lower acceleration forces on the cargo.
The Dutch-flagged MC Class vessels are specifically designed to deliver modules and equipment for large projects and are highly suited to travel to remote areas such as the Arctic regions as well as directly offshore.
They have Finnish Swedish 1A Ice classification, and are designed and fully prepared for a DP2 notation, according to BigRoll.