Rocktree’s OFT vessels provide the standard transshipment
services that many service providers offer clients in such markets;
it also provides storage, which is not standard. However,
according to Pratolongo, Rocktree offers another key
“How we add value is by undertaking our clients’ commodity
blending operations at sea, directly on board Rocktree’s vessels,
rather than in port,” said Daniele Pratolongo, who established the
shipping and logistics provider in 2011. “This simplifies the supply
chain process a great deal. For example, if a client operates in a
country where ports and infrastructure are inadequate, they can
undertake blending and other conventional port operations
directly on board one of our vessels, which will save significant
time and resources in the coal transshipment process.”
This specific service is the centrepiece of Rocktree’s strategy to
offer unconventional solutions to players in the coal industry.
Rocktree has three assets for such operations, Zeus, Mara and
Apollo. The Apollo has recently been commissioned, and started
operations in July this year. She is designed in order to achieve
loading rates over 40,000 metric tonnes/day with latest
technologies available for homogeneous blending and automatic
mechanical sampling services. Apollo also has a buffer storage of
about 3,000 metric tonnes.
Apollo was built according to stringent environmental
requirements and has been awarded with the Green Star 3 Design
additional Class notation, the first time such a recognition has
been granted to this type of floating terminals, highlighting
Rocktree’s commitment to the environment.
Designed to withstand higher loading volumes, these vessels
enable clients to load greater quantities of cargo on board in a
time-effective manner, significantly reducing daily operating costs
and time spent at sea.
v high-speed loading (average net loading rate over 60,000 metric tonnes a day);
v blending capability with ability to adjust to desired r