Finnish naval architecture and engineering firm Deltamarin has been awarded a contract by the Chinese Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans and CSC SBICO to design the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) handysize bulk carriers.
The two LNG fuelled B.Delta26LNG vessels will be constructed for the Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping and are expected to enter service at the beginning of 2018.
Under the terms of the deal, Deltamarine will provide basic and detail design, procurement handling and site assistance for the two vessels based on its B.Delta26LNG design over an estimated period of 12 months at its offices in Finland.
Valued at €2m, the contract is followed by a full concept and contract design of the ship.
ESL Shippingmanaging director Mikki Koskinen said: “Deltamarin and ESL Shipping experts have worked together for two years to develop a ship concept, which takes a significant step by bringing commodity transportation into a new era of greener shipping.
“The trendsetting design is proof of the Finnish blue cleantech know-how and cooperation.”
The bulk carriers will feature dual-fuel main, auxiliary machinery and an LNG tank of roughly 400m³ capacity.
The ships with a maximum capacity of 25,600t deadweight each will be used to service the Baltic region.
The ship’s emissions are expected to be below all current environmental requirements.
The ship’s CO2 emissions per cargo tonne transported will be reduced by over 50% when compared to the present generation of vessels, the company stated.
Deltamarin sales director Konstantinos Fakiolas said: “The owner has closely participated in the design process in order to fully tailor-fit the ship to meet its trading requirements for the Baltic area.
“For example, the optimised cargo handling and cargo hold arrangements have been developed together to ensure as efficient and flexible cargo loading as possible.”
The B.Delta26LNG is capable of operating in ice class conditions and will comply with the new DNV GL rules.
Image: BDelta26LNG for ESL Shipping. Photo: courtesy of Deltamarin.