The PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) MV Taipan is the second vessel in a series of three built by Stocnia Gdynia S.A, Poland and she was delivered in December 2006. The vessel is specially suited for cars and trucks but she has also flexibility to carry project cargo.
MV Taipan has a total capacity of 6400 cars (RT43) and a basic complement of 27 persons. Her sisterships are MV Talia and MV Tarifa.
The ship is built to the class of DNV (Det Norske Veritas) with the following designations DNV +1A1, (Car Carrier RO/RO MCDK), ICE C, EO, NAUT-OC PWDK
Deck and Ramp System:
Heavy units are loaded on the strengthened decks 5 which can carry loads of 2 ton/m² and deck no. 1 and 3 which are able to carry loads of 1 tons/m². The other decks are designed for car stowage and allow loads from 0.2 ton/m^2 to 0.5 ton/m². For increased flexibility deck no. 2, 4, 6, and 8 are divided into hoistable sections.
The vessel is fitted with two loading and discharging ramps, one stern quarter ramp and one midship ramp. The stern ramp has a width of 7 m and is arranged with a 40-degree angle from centre line to enable loading/discharging of long vehicles. Maximum capacity of the ramp is 150 tons. There is one midship ramp on starboard side. arranged with a 90-degree angle from the centre line and a ramp width of 5 m. The maximum capacity is 22 tons and. Deck 5 is the entrance deck for both ramps. This arrangement with one stern quarter ramp and one midship ramps ensures good flexibility in loading and discharging operation.
The deck machinery consists of four mooring winches located at the forecastle and aft mooring deck. In addition there are two sets of electro-hydraulic anchor winches located at the forecastle deck, one port and one starboard.
There is one 5 tons crane located at upper deck by the accommodation on the starboard side used for bringing onboard provision and spare parts.
Fans evenly distributed throughout the vessel on upper deck create good ventilation during loading/discharging. All cargo holds can be ventilated with over 20 air changes an hour.
The vessel is equipped with propulsion machinery type MAN B&W/ CEGIELSKI 7S60MC-C with an output of 15828 kW at 105 rpm. The engine is fitted with remote control both from the bridge and control room. Also, for increased manuvering abilities one bow thruster with effect 1400 kW is installed. The vessel is equipped with a double plated semi balanced spade rudder to assist in controlling the lateral movements of the stern.
For electrical power supply there are three generators with an total output of 4400 kW. To ensure sufficient power in emergency situations one emergency diesel generator is installed.
The navigational system:
Electronic Chart ECDIS 900 – 1 no.
Weather facsimile receiver.
VHF radio ,
All cabins are located on upper deck and the vessel is equipped with gym and separate TV-room for officers and crew to provide for the possibility of relaxing activities. Pilot cabin is placed on bridge deck, canal transit cabin and spare cabin on the upper deck for easy access to the bridge.
For fire fighting, the ship is fitted with both a permanent installed low pressure CO2 fire extinguishing system and a number of portable CO2, dry powder and foam fire extinguishers.
The vessel has 1 free fall life boat, 1 motor with a capacity of 34 persons each. In addition there are two inflatable life rafts with carrying capacity 20 persons each, two inflatable life rafts with carrying capacity 16 persons each and 1 carrying 6 persons.