Time-Lapse – Building the ‘World’s Greenest Containership’

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has hailed its new ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) ‘Barzan’ as the world’s greenest containership.

The MV Barzan was built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea and is the lead ship in a new series of six LNG-ready, 18,800 TEU vessels that are said to set new standards for fuel and energy efficiency.

According to UASC, preliminary calculations indicate an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit set by IMO. On a CO2 output per TEU basis, the MV Barzan is more than 60% below a 13,500 TEU vessels delivered just three years ago, UASC says.

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“We understand that providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognizing environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organization and our customers”, said Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer of UASC. “M.V. ‘Barzan’ and the 18,800 TEU fleet will complement the 15,000 TEU fleet, being gradually delivered since November 2014 and operating on the Asia-Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 services. There, Barzan will deliver the industry’s lowest per-container levels of CO2 output.”

UASC’s orderbook includes eleven 15,000 TEU and six of the 18,800 TEU vessels all scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016. In 2015, UASC will receive a total of 10 new vessels.

In addition to energy saving technologies previously used, MV Barzan also includes ship-to-shore power supply solution for zero emissions at berth; an energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation; and a Waste Heat Recovery System that converts thermal energy from the exhaust gas from the main engines into electrical power.

The vessel is also the first to receive DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation, meaning that the vessel is in compliance with the gas fueled notation rules, that structural reinforcements to support fuel containment system (LNG tank) have been verified (S), that the main engines installed can be converted to dual fuel (MEc) and that the auxiliary engines installed can be operated on gas (AEi).

Full DNV GL class notations include: 1A1 Container Carrier DG-P Shore Power E0 NAUT-OC HMON (A1,C1,G4) CLEAN BWM-T BIS TMON NAUTICUS (Newbuilding) GAS READY (D, S, MEc, AEi).