Oldendorff newcastlemax sets record

Oldendorff Carriers’ 207,562-dwt newcastlemax bulker Lydia Oldendorff has set a record as the largest vessel to load coal at Puerto Bolivar, Colombia on Monday.

The 2015-built bulker is heading to Flushing in the port of Antwerp in Belgium, where it will again be the largest vessel to enter the port.

Lydia Oldendorff was assisted by four tugs to ensure safe berthing operations. The vessel was able to load her full cargo in just 40 hours.

With larger newcastlemax cargo sizes, Puerto Bolivar port will be able to provide coal to customers more competitively, Oldendorff Carriers observed. Puerto Bolivar is one of Latin America’s primary coal export facilities exporting over 30m tonnes per year.

Oldendorff Carriers currently operates a fleet of about 65 modern eco-newcastlemax vessels. The newcastlemax vessels feature fuel saving devices such as a Becker Mewis duct, a rudder bulb, auxiliary engine economisers, as well as streamlined hull forms to make them environmentally friendly.

Posted 28 October 2019

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