on mar. 10, dsic shipping co. held a naming and delivery ceremony for the 6400�o live stock carrier converted for heshun shipping co., whose successful delivery marks that dsic shipping co. has leapt into the world top ranks in the live stock carrier conversion which will lay a firm foundation on opening advanced live stock carrier conversion market. csic deputy gm he jiwu, and dsic leaders liu zheng and yu fengping attended the ceremony.
the carrier is a strategic cooperation project jointly signed between dsic shipping co. and heshun shipping co. (held by dalian hesheng holding co., ltd. and mds), converting a 660teu container ship into 6400�o fully enclosed live stock carrier, added with 8 and a half layers of semi-pen deck, abt. 1600 tons, for one-time carriage of 5000 cattle or 16000 sheep. the carrier is 132.82m loa, 19.84m breadth moulded, 9.2m depth moulded, and 11672 gross tons with a service speed 17knots, which is the most advanced design and the most environmental shiptype in the world up to now, mainly for carriage of live cattle or sheep. upon delivery after conversion, the carrier shall be put into service by the sinotrans-csc live stock transport co., ltd, jointly set up by china trade shipping co., ltd., dalian hesheng holding co., ltd. and mds.
through significant transformation of volume expansion by dsic shipping co., the advanced animal living facilities like auto-drinking system, auto fodder feed system, vibration and noise control system, ventilation system, lighting system and stool handling system are equipped aboard in the cattle/sheep pen areas additionally so as to comply with the high-standard amsa inspection requirements.
the conversion project will have to conform to not only various international conventions and regular rules and regulations of class societies, but also the most stringent amsa regulations for carriage of live cattle or sheep. amsa is an abbreviation of australian maritime safety authority. as a big country of animal husbandry, live stock carriage is well developed in australia. since there are no existing common international rules and regulations for live stock sea transport, to prevent the live stock exported and imported from infecting with plague or infectious diseases during their transportation, amsa has put forward a series of standards and requirements for such transport in 2006, referred to as amsa rules and regulations within industry, which has become the highest standards for construction of new type live stock carrier internationally.
as tackling items, dsic shipping co. has tackled many technical difficulties one after another, such as detailed pen sizes, live stock ramp sizes, passage breadth, pen deck height, ventilation rate and air circulation rate, pen area lighting, and loading plans in the amsa rules and regulations, all of which have met design requirements the shipowners and amsa inspectors are satisfied with.
meantime, light gauge welding distortion, high-accuracy installation and commissioning of fodder feed system, and ventilation design for pen area have been solved through independent innovation. furthermore, it is the first time to achieve elastic connection between transport decks above main deck with constant design optimization and proposal improvement so as to avoid thin plate distortion resulted from ship longitudinal flexure.
during the whole conversion, dsic shipping co. has overcome many a difficulty with careful organization and thorough arrangement in a concerted way, and completed all testing tasks smoothly. based on sincere cooperation, mutual trust and concerted effort among site shipowners, class surveyors and dsic shipping co., amsa inspection has been passed one time smoothly, which has laid a good foundation for project completion and delivery.
this conversion project is the first domestic live stock carrier with independent intellectual property rights, which will certainly occupy a key part in the world live stock transport industry with outstanding advantages in her adaptability, cargo suitability and economy, etc.
this conversion project is not only a stride into a brand new field, but also a bold and successful attempt for dsic shipping co. taking the opportunity of her smooth completion, dsic shipping co. will hold and maintain the good situation of the first live stock carrier, sum up the experiences in conversion, and unceasingly promote the study and innovation of conversion techniques so as to prepare well for smooth delivery of the second sister ship.