Named after a famous Brazilian agriculturist, the Carlos Fischer is the hugest juice transiting carrier ship in the world. Put into operation in the year 2002, in the 10-years of its utilization, the Carlos Fischer has more than re-defined the vessel system for carrying liquids like juices.
Under the ownership and operation of one of Grupo Fischer’s auxiliary corporations, the Aleuropa, the Carlos Fischer was built at the Kleven Florø shipbuilding yard. Her sister vessel, the Premium do Brasil was also constructed at the Kleven Florø yard and was launched in the year 2004.
The most noteworthy characteristic about the vessel is the storage module devised to successfully transport the intended cargo. Considering that the vessel carries juices, a perishable commodity, its refrigeration and storage system is state-of-the-art and specially built to ensure the longevity of the cargo transited.
Four refrigeration compartments house four-juice storage tanks each, providing a total storage area of over 37,000 tonnes of juice. The juices which are stored at a temperature of 0 ̊Celsius, in order to preserve the quality, are transferred from the pipelines into the containers at a temperature of -10 ̊Celsius, in a slush-like state instead of being completely liquid.
- Cylindrically shaped, the storing tanks are deeper in depth and taper on their top. The depth ensures that at the time of relieving the cargo, no residual juices remain in the tanks. The tapered top-portion of the storing tanks is equipped with various technological systems like temperature and radar gauges and nitrogen piping.
- Along with three electrical compressing systems, the refrigeration for the storing tanks is provided by way of ammonium and brine. The refrigeration compartments are suitably constructed and placed in such a way that air-passage is amply provided to them and in-turn to the storing tanks.
- Surrounding the refrigeration compartments are beams that form a part of the movement and ravel system for the crew of the vessel.
- A crew of 30 members can be easily housed within the vessel, equipped with recreational amenities like a gym and a swimming pool.
- The vessel measures almost 205 metres lengthwise with a breadth of 32.2 metres and a draught of 11.4 metres
- Carlos Fischer offers speed almost touching 21 knots and is equipped with pitch propelling and thrusting systems
- The juice carrier also boasts of hi-tech navigational gizmos like a gyrocompass, radar systems, electromagnetic logging system, compass and a VMS – Voyage Management System
- The carrier ship is categorized under the reputed Germanischer Lloyd classification
The entire operations of transferring the juice into the storing tanks and later when it is unloaded is carried out with utmost care possible. In order to avoid any threat or potentiality of contamination, absolute sterile conditions are maintained in the refrigeration compartments, the storing tanks and also by the crew handling the operation. Such a 360 ̊ focus has helped the Carlos Fischer add to its worldwide credibility, thereby enhancing its position in the international domain of carrier ships.