Gas-fuelled bulker promises to shake up ship designs

Gas-fuelled bulker promises to shake up ship designs

At Posidonia today a plan was put forward to develop a revolutionary LNG-fuelled bulk carrier. Arista Shipping has teamed up with ABS, Deltamarin, GTT and Wärtsilä for Project Forward to develop a kamsarmax to be the first of this type suitable for worldwide services powered by LNG in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, NOx Tier III and Marpol Annex VI SOx emission levels.

The design also could be applied to other bulk carrier sizes and serve as the basis for an LNG-fueled tanker.

The concept features a Wärtsilä four-stroke, medium-speed engine without auxiliary generators, the first time this configuration has been applied to a vessel of this type, significantly simplifying the vessel’s engine room arrangement and contributing to lower capital expenditure.

“It’s about setting the bar high for others to follow. I think it’s called disruption,” Alexander Panagopulos, founder and ceo of Arista Shipping, told Splash.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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