UASC names first in class eco containership

The 'Barzan' features an estimated EEDI value 50% below the limit set for 2025. The 'Barzan' features an estimated EEDI value 50% below the limit set for 2025.

The 18,800 teu LNG-ready vessel MV ‘Barzan’ has been named by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the first of a new fleet that the company claims will comprise the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world.

UASC claims that preliminary calculations show that Barzan – the largest vessel in the company’s fleet - has an Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) value of 50% below the CO2 emission limit set by the IMO for 2025. CO2 emissions per teu are more than 60% lower than that of a 13,500 teu containership delivered three years ago, the company added.

The vessel, named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea, features an optimized vessel design and an array of propulsion and equipment efficiency technologies. Technologies include shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making

UASC said it is working to establish a range of additional metrics and targets through which the efficiency of UASC’s vessels can be managed to drive further reduction in carbon emissions across all UASC vessels.

Deliveries of the new fleet – comprising eleven 15,000 teu and six 18,800 teu vessels – began in November last year and are scheduled to be completed by 2016. This year UASC will receive a total of 10 new vessels.

Jørn Hinge, president and chief executive officer of UASC, said: “Providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognising environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organisation and our customers. Operating on the Asia-Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 services, Barzan will deliver the industry’s lowest per-container levels of CO2 output.”

G.J. Ha, president and CEO of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, added: “Barzan is equipped with an eco-friendly system incorporating state-of-the-art technologies to meet the reinforced maritime regulations and provide UASC with a competitive advantage. I am certain this vessel will further promote UASC’s and its alliance partner’s business competitiveness, and our own reputation as builders.”

The vessel is classed by DNV GL, and features the new LNG-ready notation designed to enable cost-efficient retrofitting for LNG fuel at a later stage.

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