Essar Shipping (ESL) took delivery of MV Shravan, a custom-made mini-capesize vessel of 105,000 deadweight tonnage, at STX Shipyard in Dalian, China. With the inclusion of MV Shravan, Essar Shipping’s total capacity has now grown to over 2 million tonnes.
Essar’s Master Mariner Capt. Sason, with his full crew complement of 23 members, took delivery of this modern, efficient and environment-friendly, vessel at 5.30 pm on April 20, 2012.
The crew joined the vessel in a sequence:
- The ship’s Master, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer and Electrical Officer went to the yard about six weeks before the delivery date to inspect the vessel and monitor all other activities.
- About a week prior to the date of delivery, they were joined by the Second Officer, Third Officer, Third Engineer and Fourth Engineer.
- The rest of the crew arrived at the yard two days prior to the date of delivery.
On April 20, following a traditional custom of the ship builder, a small Korean-style function was performed, in which the ‘God Mother’ unveiled the name MV Shravan, followed by an Indian ‘puja’ of Lord Ganesha, in the bridge area of the brand new vessel. Soon thereafter, on completion of immigration formalities, flag change, loading of fuel and other supplies, MV Shravan sailed out on her maiden voyage to India. She is, in fact, currently in Australia, loading coal cargo bound for Hazira, Gujarat.
MV Shravan is the fourth of the six mini-capesize (now also known as Haziramax) vessels which will be delivered to ESL. These state-of-the-art 43 meter-wide, 253 meter-long vessels are specially designed and custom-made for Essar’s Hazira port.