MV Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan

The MV Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan is a Liberia-flagged Powership, a floating power plant, owned and operated by Karpowership. Built in 1984 by the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard in Venice, Italy and christened MV Nikolay Markin, she sailed as a barge carrier under various names and flags until in 2014 she was converted into a powership at the Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, she served in Nacala, Mozambique supplying electricity to Mozambique's power grid for land-locked Zambia. Currently, she serves only in Mozambique.

Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan
Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan
  • İrem Sultan (2010– )
  • Enterprise (2003–10)
  • Smit Enterprise (1998–03)
  • Danube Express (1992–98)
  • Nikolay Markin (1984–92)
  • Karpowership (2010– )
  • Dockwise Shipping, Breda, Netherlands (2003–10)
  • Smit Transport & Heavy Lift B.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands (1998–03)
  • Ukrainian Danube Shipping Co., Izmail, Ukraine (1984–98)
Operator: Karpowership
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri Marghera in Venice, Italy
Yard number: 305
Laid down: November 1983
Completed: April 1984
Homeport: Monrovia, Liberia
General characteristics
Class and type:
Length: 157.75 m (517 ft 7 in) (LOA)
Beam: 29.00 m (95 ft 2 in)
Height: 5.31 m (17 ft 5 in)
Draught: 4.43 m (14 ft 6 in)
Installed power: 8,680 kW (11,640 hp)
  • 2x GMT Type BL230.12V (230x310)
  • 2x GMT Type BL230.8V (230x310)
Speed: 12.8 knots (23.7 km/h; 14.7 mph)
Capacity: 114 MW generation (as Powership)

Barge carrier

She was built by the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard in Venice, Italy with yard number 305 as a barge carrier (LASH carrier) in April 1984. The 157.75 m (517 ft 7 in) (LOA) long vessel has a beam of 29.00 m (95 ft 2 in), a depth of 5.31 m (17 ft 5 in) and a draft of 4.43 m (14 ft 6 in) registered.[1] Two diesel engines of Type GMT BL230.12V (230x310) and two of Type GMT BL230.8V (230x310) manufactured by the Grandi Motori Trieste in Trieste, Italy give a total power of 8,680 kW (11,640 hp) propelling the vessel at 12.8 knots (23.7 km/h; 14.7 mph).[2] By 8,727 DWT and 7982 NT, she has a cargo capacity of 17,395 GT.[2]

She saw service under the names Nikolay Markin, Danube Express, Smit Enterprise and Enterprise before she was sold in August 2010 to Karpowership.[3][4]


The originally barge carrier was converted into a Powership at the Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul as the fifth of the fleet. The construction cost 110 million.[5] She was renamed Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan.[4] The vessel is registered under the Liberian flag with homeport Monrovia.[1]

She has a generation capacity of 114 MW on dual-fuel (HFO- and gas-fired). In October 2011, the Powership sailed to Basra, Iraq, where she supplied electricity for about one million residents there in a timespan of three years.[5] Two vessels of the fleet, MV Karadeniz Powership Doğan Bey (126 MW) and MV Karadeniz Powership Rauf Bey (180 MW),[6] were already stationed in Iraq to bridge power shortage.[7]

In November 2015, Karpowership was awarded to supply electricity to land-locked Zambia via cross-border interconnected transmission lines through Mozambique and Zimbabwe.[8]. Powership started delivering electricity in March 2016, within less than 4 months from contract signing. The contract is to initially supply 100 MW of base load power.

In March 2018, upon the completion of the contract with Zambia, Karpowership signed a new contract with Mozambique’s electricity utility company, Electricdade de Mozambique (EdM) to supply 48 MW of base load for 5 years.

A similar ship will be built for Adelaide. [9]

Ship's registry


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  2. "Enterprise". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  3. "Smit Enterprise - IMO 8222252". Ship Spotting. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  4. "Karadeniz Powership Irem Sultan". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. "Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan, Irak'a Enerji Verecek" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  6. "Dünyanın enerjisi' Irak'a yola çıktı". Ihlas News Agency (in Turkish). 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  7. "Karadeniz Powership İrem Sultan Irak Yolunda". PetroTürk (in Turkish). 2011-10-11. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  8. "First floating power station in Africa to supply power to northern Mozambique and Zambia". Mozambique. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
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