Classification society DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) to South Korea-based Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for its new design of intra-Europe 1,900 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) feeder container vessels.

Responding to the European shortsea container market, DNV and HMD jointly worked on the development of the feeder vessel design, named Euro-Congreen 1,900.

The design was assessed in accordance with DNV’s guidelines for container vessels, including the possibility of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a ship fuel.

Furthermore, DNV offered technical support on the basic design in connection with steadiness, accommodation, cargo loading and unloading, and the machinery arrangement concept.

HMD CTO and executive vice-president Young Jun Nam said: “With the AIP, we are confident HMD can supply feeder ships optimised to operate within Europe. Euro-Congreen 1,900 is focused on cargo loading and superior fuel consumption as countermeasures to stricter carbon footprint regulations and future demand. We will lead the feeder market by creating new value for customers. The ships will also be ready to use LNG as fuel and other alternative fuels.”

The flexible design features lengthy Euro-size container stowage in the hold and on deck, similar to the earlier Congreen 1,800 TEU design development project.

In addition, it also meets the requirements of EEDI phase III at diesel mode by large numbers.

With a type C tank positioned behind the deckhouse, a new LNG fuel concept has also been included as an option, along with the integration of the newest version of the 6S60ME-C10.5 main engine.

DNV Korea and Japan maritime regional manager Vidar Dolonen said: “We are very pleased that HMD has chosen us to participate in the project, trusting our expertise in the container sector. The AIP comes at a time when European shortsea shipping is growing rapidly, and when ships that comply with environmental regulations are needed to an unprecedented degree. At DNV, we are constantly striving to provide services that meet the needs of our customers and markets in this important area.”

During the joint development project period, DNV Container Excellence Centre in Hamburg supplied technical assistance to HMD for improving the cargo optimisation and evaluating the design’s compliance with environmental requirements, including EEXI.