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20 august 2013
First Capesize to be loaded with grain on the roadstead.

The 300-meter 170’000 tons deadweight “Cape Climber” ship entered the Kerch strait on July 27. However, its impressive size is not its only pride. Due to Capesize loading capabilities, these massive vessels have become common in the Black Sea since 2010. Ukrainian ports see as many as 100 150’000 DWT ships entering Black Sea ports every year. The most common cargos for this class of vessels are coal and iron ore. But not this time. “Cape Climber” is here for barley. Due to its special construction (the ship was built as an oil - bulk ore carrier), the loading rate was 9800 tons/day. By the time the loading began, the distance between the water surface and the hatch cover was 22 m. Because of the limitations of the port, the overall amount of barley loaded was 106’000 tons.

The operation would not be possible without the most advanced equipment used. Among the units involved into the loading of “Cape Climber” were: Atlas-1, Atlas-4, and PGP-2. 27 river-sea class vessels were discharged to the “Cape Climber” all of them having a draft of 4 m. This example showcases the new wide capabilities opening for shippers, even in limited draught ports.

Technical information on “Cape Climber”:
• Mv Cape Climber
• BLT 1991, Singapore flag
• 169,178 MTDWT on 18.518 m SSW, TPC: 115.3 LOA 284,97 m / Beam 45 m 9 HO/HA
• Total: 174,001.70 cub.m. or 6.146.296 cub.ft.
• Hatches: 12.975 x 20.00 m. (all siderolling Macgregor/Navire)
• Distance keel to top of hatch cover: 29.00 m.