Abu Dhabi-based Safeen has awarded a contract to design and manage the conversion of a post-Panamax bulk carrier into a transshipment vessel to Rocktree. The Singapore-based company has also been engaged by Safeen, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, to provide technical management and crewing services for the vessel.
Work to convert the 101,648dwt Niki, currently in progress at China’s Cosco Guangzhou shipyard, is scheduled for completion during the fourth quarter of 2020, when the vessel will be renamed Hafeet. The converted bulk carrier will be used to transship iron ore from bulkers up to 210,000dwt size onto 12,000dwt self-propelled, self-discharging barges which will feed the Emirates Steel plant at Musaffah Port. Hafeet will also have capacity to store iron ore pellets inside seven cargo holds while waiting for the shuttle feeders.
The Rocktree and Safeen technical teams are currently working with the shipyard and equipment suppliers on the design of the transhipment vessel, which will feature cargo handling and ancillary equipment consisting of four 32t capacity grab cranes, two double hoppers, a 3,000t/h conveyor system and one luffing/slewing barge-loader. The vessel will also be fitted out with three new diesel generators and additional mooring and fendering systems.