Navis is to equip a series of nine newbuild 82,000 dwt bulk carriers with the dedicated bulk version of its MACS3 loading computer.
The California-based maritime software solutions provider added the MACS3 loading computer to its portfolio when it acquired Interschalt Marine in 2017.
The nine vessels are currently being built at Yangzijiang shipyard in China, and will be delivered between July 2019 and April 2020 to Liberia-registered shipowner Lepta Shipping, a subsidiary of Mitsui.
Designed by Shanghai-based company CS Marine Technology, the vessels will each have seven cargo holds to load heavy cargo as per class notification by the Japanese classification society Class NK. The vessels will operate under the Panamanian flag.
“Beside a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics, intact stability, longitudinal and local strength, the MACS3 bulk carrier version provides dedicated functionalities required to load and unload varying solid-bulk cargoes with consideration for hatch cover handling and safe transport of cargo,” stated Navis.
“Such solid bulk cargo includes ore, coal, grain, steel coil and logs or cargo falling under the IMSBC code category risk group C like nickel ore, iron ore fines or bauxite. In addition, the loading instrument offers guidance on loading sequences and stowage, ballast-water distribution, and grounding scenarios.”
Martin Bardi, vice president, XVELA global sales and head of Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions, added: “Taking into account that cargo failure and grounding are one of the main sources of bulk carrier incidents, carefully planning and controlling cargo and ballasting operations is vital to ensure seaworthiness and the efficient and safe transport of various types of bulk cargo.
“Since MACS3 is approved by the world’s leading classification societies, both ships crews and planners can rely on the instrument to help them adhere to current IMO regulations, and obtain regular updates on dangerous goods.”
The MACS3 loading computer has a worldwide unique ship library of more than 4,500 container vessel profiles and more than 1,500 vessel profiles of various vessel types including bulk carriers, multipurpose vessels, tankers, ro-ro and offshore vessels.
The MACS3 loading computer for bulk carriers is a tool that incorporates the highest standard of safety, according to Navis. “This is evident through its approval by worldwide leading classification societies such as Class NK, CCS, DNV-GL, Lloyds Register, Bureau Veritas, ABS, etc, along with the integration of its dangerous goods module for bulk carrier with complete IMSBC code that provides guidance for segregation and handling instructions,” the firm said. “Furthermore, the steel coil module supports the load of steel coils in holds by checking bottom strength including dunnage.”
The MACS3 bulk carrier fleet is now utilised aboard more than 500 vessels.