Dec 15, 2022 | Ship design & naval architecture news

Construction of the first new design short sea shipping vessel developed by Conoship International Projects (CIP) has begun at Gelibolu Shipyard in Turkey.

This innovative, diesel-electric, and environmentally friendly 3600 dwt general cargo vessel has been designed with low air draught for sea-river operations.

With diesel-electric propulsion system, enlarged propeller in combination with a ConoDuctTail and optimised hull lines, fuel consumption will be favourable, especially in wind and waves. To further improve performance, the design is ready for wind-assisted propulsion, prepared for the placement of Econowind VentiFoils, which would reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by around 10% annually, depending on the sailing route. The EEDI of the vessel as calculated as a diesel-driven vessel is already below the phase 3 requirements. Additional elements of the design arrangement facilitate a switch to future fuels.

Jan Jaap Nieuwenhuis, MD Conoship International said: “For example take off the generators and replace them with a methanol power generator set and then put in methanol tanks as well, or take them off completely and put on liquid hydrogen tanks and fuel cells. All these redesign possibilities were taken into account from the beginning of the conceptual design process.”

Conoship International Projects is working on a number of variants of the ship, including a 3,800 dwt and 5,800 dwt version. A new 5800 dwt design concept is in development and will be brought to market soon.

Maarten Sickler, Director Conoship International Projects added: “We are very proud to contribute with these ultra-fuel-efficient cargo vessels to the zero-emissions target set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for 2050.”

Two more of these 3600 dwt diesel-electric propulsion cargo vessels will be constructed by the Dutch based company Holland Shipyards Group. An enlarged version, tween deck fitted, 3800 dwtvessel will be built three times for another undisclosed owner.

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