MS Beryl is a super- large container ship delivered to the Greek shipping company, Niki by STX offshore & shipbuilding. It is a 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent ( TEU) cargo ship equipped with eco- friendly functions. It is the first super – large container vessel transporting more than 10,000 TEU’s to receive the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) certification from Germanischer Lloyd for its brilliant energy- efficient performance. It is the first of nine 13,000 TEU ships ordered by Niki in 2007.
The main features of Berly are the enormous deck area with the size of 3.5 football field and the Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) that utilizes onshore power while at port thereby resulting in reduced exhaust emissions. The eco- friendly tag of the ship is exemplified with the utilization of less than 0.1% of sulfur oil for fuel, thus reducing sulfur oil emissions. The presence of a highly efficient reduces fuel consumption by approximately 2%.
With a length of 365.8m, beam of 48.4 m and depth of 29.9 m, this is the first container ship of its kind built by STX. The ship’s design incorporates the reduction of vibration levels in the crew’s living quarter to 1mm/sec less that 1/9 of the maximum value allowed. This vibration level is akin to that of a high class cruise ship, ensuring that the comfort of the inmates and crew of the ship are not ignored.
The propulsion system of the ship is further reason to celebrate. An STX MAN B&W 12K98MC- C7 co-ordinates with the ship’s 9.3 diameter propeller, giving it an output of 98, 280 BHP. The service speed of 25. 2 knots allows the ship to cruise over 20, 600 nautical miles.
The MSC Beryl made its maiden voyage from the port of Marseilles as part of the Southeast Asia- Far East Dragon Express Service in November 2010. It is set to operate one of two new Fos 2XL box terminals to be operational in 2012.