Ecoships develops new eco-friendly bulk carrier

2 September 2014 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2014 18:30)

Newport Shipping Group's Ecoships has designed the new bulk carrier Greenlotus 32 in a bid to set the standard in ecologically compatible marine transportation.

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Newport Shipping Group’s Ecoships has designed the new bulk carrier Greenlotus 32 in a bid to set the standard in ecologically compatible marine transportation.

Greenlotus 32 is a 32,500dwt geared, wide-hatched, handy-size bulk carrier that has been developed to satisfy the existing and future regulations of CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

The 170.9m-long and 27m-wide hull of the Greenlotus has been optimised for energy efficient operation using computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis.

The vessel has a propulsion arrangement based around a de-rated, tier three-compliant MAN B&W SG50ME-B9 two-stroke main engine driving a large-diameter, fixed-pitch propeller.

Newport Shipping general manager captain Aykut Yilmaz said: "From cost and energy efficiency perspectives, it makes a lot of sense for ship owners to reconsider their aging Handies in favour of the Greenlotus 32.

"The return on investment is very attractive due to its extremely low fuel consumption and it meets the most stringent emissions reduction requirements.

"The Greenlotus 32 can generate daily fuel savings of more than $6,500 on a bunker price of $650t, operating at 14k."

"Compared to the daily fuel oil consumption of comparable Handy-size designs, the Greenlotus 32 can generate daily fuel savings of more than $6,500 on a bunker price of $650t, operating at 14k."

Additional specifications of the vessel include built-in technology for voyage and weather routing, trim optimisation and a system to provide real-time analysis of ship data, among others.

Greenlotus 32 can be used for the carriage of a variety of cargoes, including coal, grain, ore, direct reduced iron, cement, bauxite and steel coil, across five double skin cargo holds.

Newport Shipping CEO Harald Lone said: "We have already partnered with shipyards in China, Korea and Turkey to offer competitive pricing structures."


Image: An artist’s impression of Ecoships’ Eco-Smart Greenlotus 32. Photo: courtesy of Newport Shipping Group / Ecoships.