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Eureka Shipping to Launch Eco-Friendly Cement Carrier in the Great Lakes

Mike Schuler
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April 16, 2024

Eureka Shipping, a joint venture between SMT Shipping and The CSL Group, has announced the construction an innovative mechanical/pneumatic cement ship to help reduce emissions from Great Lakes shipping.

The new vessel will have a deadweight of 12,500 metric tonnes and is set to replace two older vessels.

“In line with our commitment to eco-friendly principles, our new cement carrier will significantly contribute to decarbonization. It will drastically cut down emissions per metric tonne of cargo carried,” said Kai Grotterud, Managing Director of Eureka Shipping.

The ship’s design boasts a diesel-electric propulsion system, fuel-efficient engines that can operate on HVO biofuel, and two rudder propellers with 360-degree thrust for superior maneuverability. The vessel is also equipped with energy-saving measures such as LED lighting and advanced cargo handling equipment. Noise insulations and silencers are added to minimize operational noise. The ship is also ready to operate on shore power when it becomes available.

The vessel is currently being constructed by the Holland Shipyard Group in the Netherlands and is scheduled for delivery in 2025.

In the meantime, Eureak says that an 8,600 DWT mechanical/pneumatic cement carrier, the MV Sunnanvik, will cover the trade routes until the new ship arrives. The vessel can discharge cargo at rates up to 1,000 tonnes per hour.

The MV Sunnanvik has been fitted with two “Ventofoil” sails from Econowind as part of their commitment to green energy. The sails harness wind energy for additional thrust, reducing emissions. They will be tested on the Great Lakes to enhance the vessel’s speed based on wind conditions.

Eureka points out that the Sunnanvik will be the first sail-equipped vessel to operate in the Great Lakes.

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