Posted: 21 December, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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IMO : 9204697

Build : 1999 by Zhonghua Shipyard, Shanghai, nr 405

Tramper: One who travels aimlessly about on foot, doing odd jobs or begging for a living; a vagrant, A prostitute, The sound produced by heavy walking or marching………….Doesn’t sound to positive, right?? This vessel is a nice small Heavy-lifter, once again from the stalls of my favorite Heavy-Lift company: Biglift Shipping from the Netherlands. Unfortunately, as with some predecessors of her, she isn’t the best looking.

And with almost no aftdeck whatsoever she looks like she has been bobtailed. I can’t imagine mooring the vessel being an easy job from there.

The non-existence of the aftdeck, the odd angles going on around the bridge, the fence-thingy on the forecastle  and the fact that the cranes are on both sides of the vessel make her a rather strange vessel to look at.

Also I can’t really work out the purpose or origin of the square frames around the windows on the accommodation, adds to the strangeness of the vessel though.

And there are 3 sisterships : The Tracer, the Transporter & the Traveler. All 3 have a bit more positive sounding names but feature the same odd design-highlights.

Update (21-12-2009)

I always thought it was my imagination but lately an independent source also brought it to my attention: the cranes of these vessels sit slightly crooked inwards……

Apparently this is done to more easily pass the locks towards the Great Lakes in Canada……it also makes the look of these ships more weird.

  1. FOYEN says:

    Back in 2006 there was a somewhat sistership CEC CRISTOBAL ( frequently coming to my hometown unload the containers. Half green, half blue with the yellow rest and noisy winches of the cranes she was giving a bright difference to rusty trawlers, cold reefers, and medium chem.tankers.

    The cut off corners on the superstructer of this one is to improve visibility from the control point on the bridge to sides. The “the square frames around the windows” are more likely to protect windows from…. containers, etc.


  2. Philip Atkinson says:

    I was involved in the construction of these vessels and gave input to the design of the base vessel upon which this series was based (Confidence Class or which there were 19 vessels including these). The vessels were multi-purpose and designed to carry 900TEU containers, hence the large breakwater at the forecastle. This is also the reason for the “square frames” around the windows, to prevent damage during loading and discharge of containers. The accommodation is placed as far to the stern as possible to accommodate the maximum amount of nominal intake. There were no issues with mooring. The original series was fitted with two 150t cranes both on the port side of the vessel, these more purposeful true heavy lift cranes from Huisman were fitted diagonally opposed for improved stability. Finally the name “Tramper” is commonly used in the shipping to describe ships that are not on Liner trades, the negative connotations are rather unfairly referenced.

    I trust this further input is of assistance and helps explain the features you have found rather odd.

  3. Philip Atkinson says:

    Just a brief correction, so as not to mislead. The vessels were 650TEU and not 900TEU as stated. (The vessels were circa 9000t dwt.)

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