ESL Shipping orders LNG handysize bulkers
The world's first two dual-fuelled handysize bulk carriers are to be built to Deltamarin design at Sinotrans & CSC Shipbuilding Industry Cooperation’s Qingshan yard, for Finnish owner ESL Shipping.
The 25,600dwt vessels (160m loa, 26m beam, 10m shallow draft) are planned to enter the market in 2018. Both main and auxiliary engines will be dual-fuelled, offering a more than 50% reduction in Co2 per cargo tonne carried over the ‘present generation of vessels’. The ships will also satisfy Energy Efficient Design Index requirements beyond phase three, to be introduced in 2025.
The DNV GL-classed bulkers will be optimised for trading in the Baltic area, with cargo holds and handling designed for maximum flexibility. A C-type LNG tank of approximately 400m3 will allow for bunkering at several terminals in the region. And the ships’ efficiency in ice conditions is said to far exceed that of existing vessels.
Extensive model tests have been performed for both open water and Ice Class 1A operations, in reputable testing basins such as SSPA in Sweden and Aker Arctic Technology in Finland. Deltamarin’s contract with the Qingshan shipyard, covers basic and detail design, procurement handling and site assistance for the vessels, based on Deltamarin’s B.Delta26LNG design. The design work is valued at around €2 million and will be carried out at Deltamarin’s Finnish headquarters over a period of one year.
Mikki Koskinen, managing director of ESL Shipping, said: “Deltamarin and ESL Shipping have worked together for two years to develop a ship concept, which takes a significant step by bringing commodity transportation into a new era of greener shipping.”
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