“Geared Up”

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Image: MacGregor

When I first got into the commercial maritime industry, I remember a few people saying how they worked on a “geared bulk carrier” and I thought to myself, “I guess he means his ship has gears on it,” but I honestly had no clue what the difference was between a geared bulk carrier or any other bulk carrier.

Well, if any of you are still confused about the term, the image above shows exactly what “geared” means. ┬áIt indicates the bulk carrier has equipment on deck to facilitate the onloading and offloading of cargo, such as the MacGregor-built cranes above, or perhaps a conveyor belt to offload coal or similar products.

Lemissoler Navigation, a dry bulk shipping firm based in Cyprus has recently signed an order with MacGregor to have thirty-two of their cranes and associated equipment installed on their fleet of eight, 58,500 dwt bulk carriers currently under construction at New Times Shipbuilding in China.

The DNV-GL classed vessels will be delivered starting in mid-2015.