Finnish shipping company Langh Ship Oy Ab has ordered three 1,200 TEU container feeder vessels from China.
The newbuilds have been ordered from the Paxocean shipyard in the Zhoushan area outside of Shanghai, with delivery scheduled for August 2024.
Upon delivery, the vessels will be employed in container traffic in Europe.
The vessels will be approximately 150 metres long, 27 metres wide and have a draft of 8.75 metres. They are optimised for carrying 45-foot containers both in the holds and on deck.
The design for the container ships has been developed by Langh Ship in collaboration with the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI).
They will be built to Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A.
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“In the European market we see a need for this type and size of container feeders,” said Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Managing Director of Langh Ship.
“By optimising the hull lines, we managed to maximise the cargo capacity and in the same time minimise the energy consumption, still keeping a speed of 18 knots if needed.”
Langh Ship Oy Ab said the vessels will be equipped with a two-stroke, slow-speed main engine for best fuel economy and hybrid scrubbers from Langh Ship’s sister company, Langh Tech Oy Ab.
The main engine can also be operated on biofuel and meets the IMO Tier III requirements for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.
Finally, the vessels will be prepared for shore power connection and a hybrid solution including batteries.
“It is exciting to get new vessels into our sister company’s fleet as on these vessels it is easy for us to do piloting of various new concepts,” said Kim Tervonen, Langh Tech Product Manager.
“There will be at least the hybrid scrubber, carbon capture and BWMS delivered by Langh Tech, let’s see what we will come up with in addition to that.”
The present Langh Ship fleet consists of 10 container and multipurpose vessels.
In addition to the recently contracted newbuilds, Langh Ship has three 7800 DWT multipurpose vessels on order at the Wuhu shipyard in China.