Essberger plans advanced LNG chemtankers

Essberger's new China-built parcel chemtankers will have LNG DF engines with tanks on deck. Essberger's new China-built parcel chemtankers will have LNG DF engines with tanks on deck

Essberger Tankers has revealed plans to invest in up to eight advanced Chinese-built chemical parcel tankers with LNG DF propulsion, reports Germany correspondent Tom Todd.

The Hamburg-based concern, part of the DAL/John T Essberger Group, revealed the extensive newbuilding plans in the latest issue of the group’s in-house magazine.

It said the newbuilds were designed to replace older tonnage and would follow what was described as “the biggest refit programme in the company’s history”. That programme had involved 14 tankers and had been successfully completed on schedule in 2019, Essberger said.

It added that Essberger Tankers and Essberger Shipmanagement were now completing specifications for the new chemical parcel tankers which it said would be of 6,600dwt and have stainless steel tanks and 1A ice class.

Essberger spokesman Svante Domizlaff told The Motorship the ships would be powered by LNG-capable DF engines and carry their LNG tanks on deck as shown in the latest design drawing. But the final design and technical details had not yet been decided. Neither had a decision been made on which shipyard in China would get the work, he added.

DAL/JTE Managing Partner Heinrich von Rantzau said contracts should be signed in the second quarter of 2020. “We are paying particular attention to environmentally friendly propulsion concepts and relevant alternatives, for example fuels such as LNG”, he said.

Rantzau added “the clock is ticking. In 2026, 14 ships of the current fleet will have reached the age limit of 25 years”, he said. The current stage of planning provided for “a highly efficient single-screw medium-speed dual-fuel engine-driven Chemical IMO Class II/III Including Oil Products parcel tanker with machinery and accommodation located aft”.

He said there would be eight pairs of cargo tanks with double skin, all with duplex stainless steel and cargo piping and sixteen cargo segregations. Design maximum discharge rate was 6 x 200 m3 and cargo would include HMD, phenol, TDI and PO.

According to Essberger the new tankers will be 115m loa, 18m wide and draw 6.5 m with an air draft of max. 34 m. Although the main engine type had not yet been decided, the engine would have about 3,000 kW providing a service speed of 12.5 knots and an expected operational range of 4,000 nautical miles, it revealed.

The newbuilds were also being designed “with a high focus on sustainability in terms of optimised fuel consumption (and) ready for shore power and LNG”, Essberger said. “Vessel design and layout will be optimised for our specialised trade, including efficient tank cleaning and port operations, since we spend 60% of the time in port”, it added.

Essberger’s Eberhart von Rantzau said the group was “in a time of transition, economically and politically” adding “the figures are clear! We need to act. And that is what we are doing”.

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