Super efficient container ships

07 Oct 2013
The optimised designs were tested for efficiency at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin

The optimised designs were tested for efficiency at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin

The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and FutureShip, to expand its fleet of super efficient container ships, is one of the first outcomes of the DNV-GL merger.

The five 14,000 teu container ships with six options and five 18,000 teu container ships with one option are currently being finalised at HHI and are scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2016.

They are being constructed to DNV class with designs optimised through a co-operation during which HHI and FutureShip revisited the powering concept by investigating more than 35,000 hull shape variants for each hull design.

In addition, parametric optimisation was employed with the objective of reducing fuel consumption as much as possible taking into account hydrodynamic power requirements, fuel consumption of the respective engines and UASC’s specific operational profile for speed-draft combinations.

UASC also decided to implement FutureShip’s award-winning trim solution ECO-Assistant. Backed up by a comprehensive database of operational conditions evaluated by CFD analysis, this tool provides an intuitive interface to select the most efficient trim for each voyage.

All of this has resulted in new container ships that will be even more efficient than the initial proposal put forward for the build.

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