Jan 11, 2024 | Ship design & naval architecture news

Deltamarin is collaborating with French ship operator Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group (WSIG) in designing three modern and eco-friendly ro-ro vessels for Airbus aircraft sub-assembly transportation.

The new fleet is set out to cut C02 emissions by 50% compared to 2023 levels by the year 2030. Airbus has selected LDA to modernise its entire fleet of chartered vessels that transport aircraft sub-assemblies between production facilities in Europe and the United States.

Deltamarin has previously collaborated with LDA on the concept design of the vessels, and now continues with the basic and detail design for the Wuchang shipyard.

Powered by a combination of six Flettner rotors and two dual-fuel engines running on MDO and e-methanol, the vessels are designed for minimal environmental footprint. The new fleet is expected to reduce average annual transatlantic CO2 emissions from 68,000t to 33,000t by 2030.

Each new transatlantic vessel will be able to transport around 140 TEU container capacity and six single-aisle aircraft subassembly sets, a substantial increase from current cargo ships. The vessels will be built, owned, and operated by LDA and are expected to commence operations in 2026.

Deltamarin claims significant experience in China, demonstrated by various successful projects completed in Chinese shipyards. These achievements reflect strong cooperation between the parties involved, which is notably evident in the projects carried out for LDA, with which Deltamarin has maintained a longstanding and strong partnership.

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