Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC), China’s biggest shipbuilder, and global risk management company DNV GL have announced they will develop a new 23,000 TEU liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled ultra large container vessel (ULCV), according to a statement.
The announcement comes as the maritime industry prepares for the introduction of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) regulations that prohibit vessels emitting more than 0.5% of sulphur in their fuel, which are due to come in to force on January 1 2020.
Speaking about the deal at the Shipbuilding Machinery and Marine (SMM) Fair in Hamburg, President of DSIC Yang Zhi Zhong claimed the company believes the ULCV market will get stronger, with LNG becoming a more popular alternative fuel for container vessels.
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Zhong said: “In developing this new 23,000 TEU LNG fuelled ULCV design, we will show that DSIC can deliver vessels at the cutting edge of the market after two 20,000 TEU container vessels were successfully delivered to COSCO SHIPPING Group this year.”
Knut Orbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, commented: “The new JDP (joint development project) will build on the long and productive cooperation between DSIC and DNV GL, and we look forward to working with DSIC to ensure that the design meets the relevant class and international standards and regulations.”