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President Polk C10-M-F150a

The President Polk is a large container ship built by HDW shipyard in Germany, for American President Lines, which is a subsidiary of American President Companies. The ship was built with a specific trade route in mind, that being between the US west coast and eastern Asia. The ship entered service in 1992, and makes a regular run back and forth between California and Asia along with several other APL ships that are almost identical.

The President Polk is a C-10 class [C10-M-F150a] container ship, which are among some of the worlds newest container ships. Some of its unique features which are not found on many other American flag ships are: Scoop cooler system instead of a main sea water pump for central fresh water cooling and an engine control room that is located outside the engine room.

The President Polk has a design speed of @ 24.5 knots while carrying as many as 4600 twenty-foot equivalent length containers. The normal crew aboard the Polk is 21 people. The Polk has a deck house that is located about 150 feet forward of the stern. The control room aboard the Polk is located on the main deck of the house. Bremer-Vulkan, the shipyard that built the Polk, wanted to put the control room on the bridge, but APL paid extra to have the control room placed on the main deck.

The main engine on the Pres. Polk is a Korean made Sulzer 12RTA84, which has a maximum engine speed of 95 RPM, producing a service speed of @ 24.5 knots. APL has a service contract with Sulzer to perform all scheduled maintenance on the engine. The total amount of Heavy Fuel Oil [HFO] burned while underway at sea, including HFO burned in the Ship Service Diesel Generators [SSDG], is approximately 160 tonnes/day. There are three MAK model 8M453C auxiliary engines aboard the Polk. The generators have a high enough electrical rating so one engine could handle the electrical load requirements of the ship, except when there is a large refrigeration load on deck.

Specifications

VESSEL OWNER American President Lines
VESSEL BUILDER HDW
YEAR BUILT 1992
LOA 275 m
BEAM 39.3 m
DRAFT 12.4 m
SERVICE SPEED 24 knots
CONTAINER CAPACITY @4500 TEU
ENGINE MANUFACTURER HYUNDAI, SULZER
ENGINE MODEL 12RTA84
SHAFT HORSEPOWER 57000 HP

Ships

Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
President Adams (Sixth) Bremer Vulkan,30 Sep 1988
President Jackson (Sixth) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft 08 Sep 1988
President Kennedy (Second) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft14 July 1988
President Polk (Fourth) Bremer Vulkan17 July 1988
President Truman (Second) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft 22 Apr 1988

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