Germany-based shipping company United Heavy Lift (UHL) has received the delivery of MV UHL Faith, the first in a series of eight F900 Eco-Lifters newbuildings.

The company received the 14,100 dwt tween decker at the CSSC shipyard in China’s Hudong.

United Group senior advisor and founder Lars Rolner said: “We look forward to taking delivery of six identical newbuildings in 2021 and two in early 2022.”

Rolner added: “We would like to thank CSSC Leasing, China, for their great support in securing the F 900 vessels in a 14-year time charter to UHL.”

After the completion of the newbuilding programme, UHL will have a fleet of 17 F900 Eco-Lifter vessels.

UHL said that the vessels are known as the most fuel-efficient heavy lift vessels in service.

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UHL managing director Lars Bonnesen said: “The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30%-50% less compared to the existing heavy-lift fleet in the market. The new vessels offer superior intake and crane capacity to cater to the needs of a wide range of industry clients and cargos.”

The weather deck of the vessels spans 2,990m².

The company said that MV UHL Faith will commence its first voyage towards Europe.

In February, the vessel is expected to reach Hamburg in Germany.

Built on the latest technology available, the F-900 Ecolift class features advanced systems and fuel-efficient propulsion technology.

The vessels can house a variety of heavy-lift cargo with the help of adjustable tween decks and cargo holds.

UHL is managed under the umbrella of the United Group.