BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is set to receive four new customised short sea container feeder vessels, built for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.

To be built at Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard, China, the vessels will be received by BG Freight Line under long-term charter, with the plan being to deploy them in 2018.

The vessels will be built as per DNV GL standards, and will be made to emission control area (ECA) requirements, with customer’s navigation and trading needs in mind.

"The vessels will be built as per DNV GL standards, and will be made to emission control area (ECA) requirements."

These new ‘green’ vessels have been developed by BG Freight Line, along with Arkon Shipping as project initiator  / commercial manager.

Jüngerhans Maritime Services acts as the technical manager for the vessel project, which has been designed by China International Marine Containers (CIMC) ORIC.

BG Freight Line chief executive Koert Luitwieler said: “As well as helping us, and our customers, to reduce their carbon emissions and costs, these custom vessels have a number of innovations to help keep us at the forefront of feeder services in the Irish Sea.”

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With the ability to load 45ft short sea containers in all positions, the vessels will feature a modern wet scrubber system for exhaust cleaning in order to fulfil the requirements for trading within the ECA.

The vessels will be equipped to accommodate a total of 488 units.

Furthermore, the vessels' new proprietary cargo stowage system will enable various odd sized containers to be stowed quickly and securely.

In order to reduce the operational cost, the vessel will be fitted with a modern two stroke main engine.

BG Freight Line noted that all the parameters of the vessels have been optimised for trade between the north of the continent, Ireland, and the UK.

Image: BG Freight Line to receive new containerships. Photo: courtesy of ARKON Shipping GmbH & Co KG.