Tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has unveiled its concept InfinityMAX hybrid bulk carrier design to facilitate the implementation of zero-carbon, sustainable, multi-modal vessel design in the shipping industry.

The InfinityMAX concept will support the transportation of both dry and wet cargoes in sectioned compartments. It has been developed with a number of new core principles.

The modular cargo units of the InfinityMAX concept will be self-sufficient in connection with the usage of energy, which will be supplied via solar panels and wind turbines.

The units will also help to avoid overcrowding and reduce call times as they can be dropped off outside of ports and picked up by tugs.

The InfinityMAX concept will operate on hydrogen and wind turbines for producing additional energy.

To enhance efficiency, the design has incorporated collapsible wing sails and a sharkskin hull.

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The company said that its concept is semi-autonomous for efficient operations, but the vessels will still be crewed for flexibility and safety reasons.

Furthermore, InfinityMAX will also enhance the wellbeing of the crew onboard, enabling them to focus more on observation and communication with operators ashore.

Stena Bulk president and CEO Erik Hånell said: “The application of advanced technologies, including hydrogen fuel and other efficiency measures, means that this is a vessel concept that proves our core philosophy that innovation is key to commercial success, given the challenges that we all face. We will continue to work closely with our innovation partners, leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the right advances happen to make the InfinityMAX concept into a reality.”

The company said that its concept will improve fleet utilisation and further standardise supply chains.

The concept will also reduce the environmental impact of empty tanks, which are shipped globally for searching new cargo.

An InfinityMAX vessel is expected to start operations between 2030 and 2035.