Finnish ship design firm Deltamarin has won a contract from China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding to design five 38,000dwt stainless steel parcel chemical tankers.
The vessels will be built at the Chinese yard for Stolt Nielsen Ship Finance, a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen.
Under the terms of the deal, the company will provide approval design and 3D-modelling of the cargo deck and engine room areas.
Each vessel will be equipped with 43 stainless steel cargo tanks, cargo pumps, and heating and cooling capacity to offer operational flexibility.
The shallow draft of the new vessels is expected to help them consume less fuel than current parcel tankers when fully loaded.
The hull form and propulsion arrangement of the new vessels will be based on the B.Delta bulk carriers configuration.
Deltamarin director of sales Markku Kanerva said the design was developed in cooperation with Stolt Tankers and Hudong-Zhonghua to offer fuel efficiency, improved cargo capacity and operational flexibility.
"The preliminary model tests already confirmed the performance and further optimisation will be carried out with the final propulsion arrangement," Kanerva said. "Development of structural configuration to meet the Common Structural Rules and to optimise the amount of stainless steel has been a demanding task."
The new parcel chemical tankers will have a length of 185m, beam of 32.26m and cargo holding capacity of 44,000m³.
According to the company, the new vessels will fulfil the common structural rules for oil tankers including Marpol Annex I and Annex II cargo requirements and will also meet IMO I, II and III standards.