A bit surprised of the 13 kt. speed, but slow steaming is now becoming the policy of both MSC, Maersk and others to improve their carbon emission. Large ships + slower speed = less emission per container.
There are 5 DGs. All MAN L32/40s, 2x6 cyl, and 3x9 cyl. The two smaller ones have exhaust gas boilers, the others do not. No shaft generator, no steam turbine.
Why would a ship of this size not employ a shaft generator? (Preferably a shaft motor/generator with use of a steam turbine generator?). Seems crazy especially running at these slow speeds (ie, longer transits) to be running up hours on multiple generators when you could be using the very efficient main engine to produce your power. Any thoughts?
My first thought when seeing a box ship this large is how many reefers does it carry, is crew manually checking reefers daily and how many electricians are on board? It sounds like any Chief Mates nightmare…
The first thing I thought about was pity the poor reefer electrician(s) on that thing.
I remember the problems we had with the earlier versions of remote reefer monitoring systems. They transmitted data over the power cable and worked well for the most part but with a large numbers of reefers, transformers, power factor capacitors and countless connections it could be an electrical nightmare in the North Pacific and Bering Sea weather and a reefer nightmare when in the tropics and all the marginal boxes starting heating up.
I also looked for the number of crew members but could not find it so far. In this link here there is more information, for instance the fuel and CO2 efficiency. The ship has 2000 refrigerated containers on board.
The vessel is also fitted with SHI’s Svessel data system, which analyses navigation data to provide voyage optimisation support. The system was also designed to provide equipment condition monitoring and fault diagnosis.
Good fucking lord! Unless there are 5 reefer technicians onboard, there are going to be quite a few cargo claims when those reefers inevitably have mechanical failures. 2000 reefers is too much! Sure they make the company money but they require constant attention. How can you do that with this many onboard?
I don’t know where you get your information from, but the Master of the MSC Gulsun appear to be from Italy, or at least his name (Capt. Lauro Somma) and his appearance indicate so.
Seen here when his ship transited the Suez Canal for the first time:
He is the one in the blue coverall.
I presume it is hard to accept that most of the world’s shipping fleet can manage to even exist, let alone have a good safety record, without a single American on board.
One more picture, this time from first call at a European port (Algerias, Spain):
I recall Suez pilots saying they hate taking an assignment to these large vessels as they handle like pigs, making their lives miserable and a North Sea pilot with MLL experience in his shipping days saying even in any slight seas they experience way more flex and containers tend to get lost overboard easier. Those two stories are all I think about when I get blasted with photos or stories of these monsters being built, whether or not they’re entirely true… just gets me to wondering.