United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) new eco-efficient container vessel has received Gas Ready notation from classification society DNV GL.

This first vessel is part of a series of six 18,800TEU container vessels and was recently named ‘Barzan’ at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea.

The remaining five ships, as well as eleven 15,000TEU vessels in UASC’s ltest eco-ship generation, are also expected to receive the Gas Ready notation.

DNV GL group president and CEO Henrik O Madsen said: "Due to the trust placed in our expertise on alternative fuels, we implemented the ‘LNG ready’ concept with UASC as an industry first, and are honoured that these next-generation ships are now also the first to receive DNV GL’s Gas Ready notation.

"[We] are honoured that these next-generation ships are now also the first to receive DNV GL’s Gas Ready notation."

"UASC acted as a pioneering customer that aims to even further reduce CO2 emissions through conversion to gas fuel operation when the bunker infrastructure is ready."

Barzan features an optimised vessel design and is equipped with propulsion and equipment efficiency technologies to offer better fuel and energy-efficiency.

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Fitted with a waste heat recovery system (WHRS), the six vessels will be able to convert thermal energy from the exhaust gas from the main engines into electrical power.

Delivery of UASC’s 11 new-build 15,000TEU and six 18,800TEU vessels is expected to be by 2016.

Once operational, Barzan will service the Asia – Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 route, and is expected to deliver the industry’s lowest per-container rate of CO2 output.

Image: Officials during the naming ceremony of Barzan at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.