Paxocean shipyard in China has received a contract from Finnish shipping company Langh Ship for the construction of three new container feeder vessels.

Under the contract, Paxocean will build three 1,200 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container feeder vessels, with delivery expected to start in August 2024.

Langh Ship will use the new vessels in container traffic in Europe.

The company has worked with the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) on the design of the new ships.

Being constructed to Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A, the ships will be able to carry 45ft containers in the holds as well as on the deck.

Featuring a draft of 8.75m, the new vessels will be approximately 150m long and 27m wide.

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The new ships will feature a two-stroke and slow-speed main engine, as well as hybrid scrubbers from Langh Ship’s sister company Langh Tech.

Langh Tech will also deliver the ballast water management system, called LanghBW Systems.

The hybrid scrubbers can run continuously in closed loop mode without time restrictions, while the main engine is also able to operate on biofuel.

Furthermore, the vessels are being prepared to use shore power and a hybrid solution, including batteries.

Langh Ship managing director Laura Langh-Lagerlöf said: ”By optimising the hull lines we managed to maximise the cargo capacity and at the same time minimise the energy consumption, still keeping a speed of 18 knots if needed.

“I am proud of our team, who continuously stays at the front edge of the latest technical development, tests new innovations and even develops new solutions ourselves.”

Currently, the Langh Ship fleet includes ten container and multipurpose vessels.

In addition to the latest contracted newbuilds, Langh Ship ordered three 7,800DWT multipurpose (MPP) dry cargo vessels from the Wuhu shipyard in China last November. These vessels are expected to operate in the short sea lane between Finland and continental Europe.