Our fleet

Our fleet consists of a large number of dedicated barges that transport carbon black feedstock and related products, heavy fuel oil and liquid sulphur. Each inland barge, whether chartered or owned, is specifically equipped to transport one of these products.

IMG_2267Our barges: Carbon black oil and liquid sulphur

Carbon black barges: The MTS Delta, Omega and Verna have a cargo capacity of 1,500-2,000 tons. The MTS OTD Alpha has a capacity of approximately 2,800 tons. These four barges stand out thanks to the following characteristics:

  • Modern double-hull barges;
  • A cargo heating system in order to transport and deliver the products at the proper temperature;
  • Barges are equipped with deep-well pumps so there is minimal residual cargo;
  • Movable wheelhouse;
  • An overall barge height of 4.40 metres thanks to the movable wheelhouse and a fast ballast system.

Sulphur barges: ZwaansDelta also has six specialised barges that only transport liquid sulphur and have cargo capacities varying from 1500 to 2400 tons. All of these barges stand out thanks to the following characteristics:

  • Double hulls;
  • Cargo heating system and optimal insulation in order to transport and deliver the product at the proper temperature;
  • Cylinder-shaped tanks and deep-well pumps so that residual cargo is nil;
  • Movable or adjustable wheelhouse to an overall barge height of 4.5 m.

Chartered barges

ZwaansDelta has an extensive fleet of permanently chartered barges for the transport of carbon black feedstock, related black products and heavy fuel oil. These chartered barges are used frequently, based on years of close cooperation. Because these barges are used for our regular customers, we can strictly monitor that all of the requirements applicable on board our own barges are also observed and performed on board the chartered barges.

If so desired, in the context of optimal cooperation, we can provide technical and administrative support to the owners of chartered barges, in addition to the usual commercial and operational services.

Dedicated barges

"Each inland barge, whether chartered or owned, is specifically equipped to transport carbon black feedstock and related products, heavy fuel oil and liquid sulphur."

IMG_1847Quality and safety

All barges, our own as well as those of the regular charter firms, undergo a strict internal audit two times per year. A checklist of more than 110 items relating to quality, safety, technical aspects, as well as crew and legal requirements, guarantees the highest possible degree of reliability and service.

Our ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance system applies unconditionally to the office work and activities on board all of the barges. In addition to the internal audits on board and in the office, we carry out various fixed daily, weekly and/or monthly (technical) audits and checks. Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance performs an external audit two times per year as well as the periodic re-certification once every three years.

Simultaneously with the annual European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) audit, carried out by the joint oil and petrochemical companies/customers on board each barge, the extensive system of procedures, instructions, checks and audits at ZwaansDelta, in the offices and on board, ensures a high level of safety and quality that is crucial in a sector such as inland barging.

Barge of the Year: the aforementioned system of checks, audits and reports, along with a number of other criteria, forms the basis for designating “Barge of the Year”.

Based on a broad range of measurement points, each barge is periodically evaluated by the fleet managers for one year.

The barge that has the best performance at the end of the year is designated “Barge of the Year” and receives a trophy, announcement on the website and a reward for the entire crew.

The prize was first awarded in 2016 and has the following winners:

  • 2016: mts Delta
  • 2017: mts Omega

Expansion and cooperation

Given the wide range of available cargo, we are always very interested in charter-based cooperation with professional inland barging entrepreneurs.

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 02337788
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 2018
Loadingcapacity : 2.388 ton
Cubic metres : 1.375 m³
Length : 90,00 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,62 meters
Airdraft : 5,50 meters

vloot-MTS-OTD-Alpha

Class : Lloyd’s Register of Shipping
Europeno. : 2325460
Type : C 2.2. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 6
Pumpcapacity : 700 m³/h
Built : 2002
Loadingcapacity : 1.953 ton
Cubic metres : 2.054 m³
Length : 85,92 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,30 meters
Airdraft : 4,50 meters

 

Loadcapacity on draft
2,80 metres approx. 1.500 ton
3,00 metres approx. 1.680 ton
3,20 metres approx. 1.862 ton

vloot-MTS-Delta

Class : Lloyd’s Register of Shipping
Europeno. : 2326785
Type : C 2.2. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 6
Pumpcapacity : 700 m³/h
Built : 2004
Loadingcapacity : 1.981 ton
Cubic metres : 2.107 m³
Length : 85,99 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,30 meters
Airdraft : 4,50 meters

 

Loadcapacity on draft
2,80 metres approx. 1.500 ton
3,00 metres approx. 1.700 ton
3,20 metres approx. 1.880 ton

vloot-MTS-Omega

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 2326709
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 2005
Loadingcapacity : 2.408 ton
Cubic metres : 1.383 m³
Length : 90,00 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,62 meters
Airdraft : 5,50 meters

vloot-MTS-Alisma

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 2325966
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 2004
Loadingcapacity : 2.407 ton
Cubic metres : 1.383 m³
Length : 90,00 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,62 meters
Airdraft : 5,50 meters

vloot-MTS-Calamus

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 2321822
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 1995
Loadingcapacity : 2.243 ton
Cubic metres : 1.245 m³
Length : 90,00 meters
Breadth : 11,40 meters
Max. draft : 3,42 meters
Airdraft : 4,50 meters

vloot-MTS-Flava

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 2329316
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 1990
Loadingcapacity : 1.559 ton
Cubic metres : 857 m³
Length : 85,00 meters
Breadth : 9,50 meters
Max. draft : 3,04 meters
Airdraft : 4,40 meters

vloot-MTS-Risico2

Class : Bureau Veritas
Europeno. : 2322831
Type : N 4.1. (double hull)
No. Tanks : 4
Pumpcapacity : 400 m³/h
Built : 1997
Loadingcapacity : 1.502 ton
Cubic metres : 815 m³
Length : 85,00 meters
Breadth : 9,50 meters
Max. draft : 3,01 meters
Airdraft : 4,50 meters

vloot-MTS-Trisulca

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