Ulsan: Middle East based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) today named the industry’s first ever LNG-ready ultra large container vessel at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, Korea at an event attended by GulfShip News. With a capacity of 14,000 teu, the DNV GL classed vessel MV Sajir has an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit established by the IMO.
The CO2 output per teu for this new vessel class will be 22% less than for a 13,500 teu vessel delivered only two years ago. The environmental credentials of the vessel are further highlighted by the fact that these vessels are designed and prepared for a quick and cost-efficient LNG retrofit at a later stage.
MV Sajir will start operating on the Asia-North Europe route after delivery.
“These highly efficient vessels help us significantly reduce the amount of fuel we consume per container,” said Jorn Hinge, president and ceo of UASC. “We operate one of the world’s youngest container vessel fleets and are committed to making it more environmentally sustainable.”
UASC is currently implementing one of the industry’s largest and most technologically advanced newbuilding programs. Ten further 14,000 teu boxships and six 18,800 teu boxships will be delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to UASC by mid-2016. [27/11/14]