Deltamarin Ltd, a Finnish ship design, offshore engineering and construction Group operating in the marine and offshore industries, has signed a contract to design the world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers, according to a company-issued press release. The two B.Delta26LNG vessels, constructed for the Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping Ltd by the Chinese Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans & CSC SBICO, will point the way towards greener shipping of commodities.
Deltamarin’s contract with the Qingshan Shipyard covers basic and detail design, procurement handling and site assistance for the two vessels based on Deltamarin’s B.Delta26LNG design. Prior to this contract, Deltamarin has performed the full concept and contract design of the ship for ESL Shipping. “Deltamarin and ESL Shipping experts 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”, explains ESL Shipping Managing Director Mikki Koskinen.
Upon delivery, Deltamarin says the ships will be the world’s first LNG dual-fuelled handysize bulk carriers, which can be bunkered with gas fuel in various LNG terminals around the Baltic region. The ships’ emissions will be below all current environmental requirements and CO2 emissions per cargo tonne transported will be reduced by over 50% in comparison to the present generation of vessels. The EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value will satisfy clearly the IMO reference line requirements even in the Phase 3 due to come into force in 2025.
The LNG-fuelled B.Delta26LNG bulk carrier is equipped with both dual-fuel main and auxiliary machinery. The ship has a type C LNG tank of approximately 400 m3 capacity.
The B.Delta26LNG has a shallow draft of max. 10m, length overall of 160m, breadth of 26m and maximum capacity of 25,600 tonnes deadweight.
“Together with Deltamarin we shall make shipping more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than ever before”, states Koskinen. The vessels will be classified according to the new DNV GL rules and are planned to enter the market at the beginning of 2018.
Deltamarin has also introduced LNG-propelled vessel designs in 2015: a ro-pax vessel and a compact ferry.