DNV GL, DSIC Agree to Develop LNG-Fuelled, 23,000 TUE Ultra Large Containership

Signing of the JDP at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), China’s largest shipbuilder, have signed an agreement to develop a 23,000 TEU, LNG-fueled containership.

The joint development project (JDP), which was signed this week at the SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany, seeks to deliver a ultra large container vessel (ULCV) design that is ready for construction and reflects market trends and regulations, in terms of size and incoming environmental regulations.

“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,” said Mr. Yang Zhi Zhong, President of DSIC. “We see a continuing strong market for ULCV vessels, with lower slot costs especially valued on the main trading routes. At the same time the expansion in bunkering infrastructure in both China and Europe means that LNG is becoming a viable solution for container vessels, lowering costs and ensuring compliance with incoming regulations.”

“We would like to thank DSIC for selecting DNV GL to take part in this project and trusting our expertise in LNG-fuelled and container shipping,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “The new JDP 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.”