Feb 6, 2024 | Ship design & naval architecture news

Turkish yard Gelibolu Shipyard has launched a Conoship International diesel-electric 3600 dwt general cargo vessel, yard number NB60, which is said to be testament to innovation, future-proofing, and environmental consciousness in the realm of general cargo transport for inland and coastal waters.

The CIP3600 has drawn inspiration from proven designs and embodies Conoship’s vision for an eco-friendly and forward-thinking cargo vessel. At Gelibolu Shipyard, the construction of this vessel was a high-value project, aligning with expertise in building small-to-medium size river-sea vessels and proficiency in diesel-electric propulsion from previous offshore projects.

Oya Aksoy, board member Gelibolu Shipyard, said: “The CIP 3600 was a strong proposal for us. We were impressed with the research that had gone into the design, from modern building techniques to features regarding the vessel’s operation. It was also important to us that the design balanced practicality with the long-view over the vessel’s lifetime, allowing for flexibility regarding future fuel innovations and changes in emissions legislation.”

The yard used its in-house teams for steelwork, piping, electrical, painting, and outfitting, maintaining continuity of knowledge and skills. Aksoy emphasised the importance of effective communication with Conoship’s project management team, highlighting ongoing support throughout the construction. This launch marks a significant achievement for both Conoship International and Gelibolu Shipyard.

Roel Blom, Project Manager Conoship International said: “It was wonderful to witness a smooth launching of NB60. We spent many years developing this design and have had an excellent cooperation with Gelibolu Shipyard over the last year. Really exciting to see the ship in the water.”

Image: CIP 3600 (source: Conoship)

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