August 29 - RollDock, the Dutch heavy lift shipping company launched a couple of years ago, has issued a revised delivery schedule for the innovative new ships that it has on order at L&T Shipping in India.


When the order for four, plus two, newbuilds was originally placed in 2006, it marked the formal launch of L&T's venture into shipbuilding, with the vessels being built at a new shipyard that forms part of the L & T's engineering complex at Hazira, Surat. 

The initial ship of the four vessel order had been scheduled for delivery in July 2009. RollDock has advised HLPFI that RollDock Sun is now scheduled for delivery in November 2009; followed by RollDock Sea in June 2010, RollDock Sky in December 2010 and RollDock Star in March 2011.
According to RollDock, delivery of a second batch of four identical sisterships will be after the delivery of two vessels for Biglift, also ordered at L&T.  Names for the second batch of four vessels are not yet available, but delivery is foreseen from the beginning of 2012 in four month intervals.
RollDock has confirmed that the newbuilds will be identical multi-functional heavy transport vessels, which will be able to achieve a service speed of 18 knots when fully loaded. Their shallow draft characteristics will allow the ships to call at ports with limited water depths. 

Each vessel has three loading modes - lo-lo; ro-ro and flo-flo - and will be equipped with two heavy lift cranes each of 350 tonnes lift capacity each, or 700 tonnes lift capacity when working in tandem. The open hold nature of the vessels allows very high cargoes to be handled.