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JUN 2018

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46 • ROCK products • June 2018 When was the ship ordered; how long does it take to get one of these? The contract was signed Jan. 29, 2015; the ship was delivered March 12, 2018. How many ships of this type does the company own? Houston-based Vulica Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Co., owns three Panamax-class, gravity-fed, self-unloading ships. The Ireland, the W.H. Blount, and the H.A. Sklenar are self-unloading bulk carriers and are designed to self-discharge aggregates using conveyor belts. The Ireland replaces the Quintana, which was retired from service last year. We will also take possession of the James during the second quarter. It will replace the Blount, which will be taken out of service. Vulica Shipping will therefore continue to own and operate three ships, with the Sklenar remaining in service. What is the ship's capacity to haul aggregate? The 750-ft.-long Ireland has the capacity to transport 70,000 tons of aggregates per trip. It was recently named one of the "Great Ships of 2017" in the December issue of Mari- time Reporting & Engineering News. The ship's gravity feed cargo discharge system consists of conveyors and a 260-ft. discharge boom capable of unloading 4,500 metric tons of cargo per hour. How many in the crew? The Ireland will have 29 persons in the ship's company (complement). Here Comes The Ireland If Your Goal Is to Haul Maximum Aggregate, Go Big or Go Home. By Mark S. Kuhar R ock Products got in touch with Atul Sabharwal, general manager of Vulica Shipping (a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Co.), to find out about the company's latest purchase: a 750-ft.-long vessel that will be used to haul aggregate. It was added to the company's existing fleet. Read on to learn more. – Ed. The Vulcan Barge

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