UASC Names First LNG-Ready Super Containership

UASC Barzan containership
Image (c) UASC

The first of United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) 18,800 TEU containerships under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) was named M/V Barzan in a ceremony at the shipyard today.

The DNVGL-classed vessel is the lead-off ship in a massive newbuild order of six 18,800 TEU vessels and eleven 15,000 TEU ships and is features a 2-stroke, 11-cylinder MAN B&W S90 ME/C powerplant that is LNG-ready.

UASC says this ship, based on preliminary calculations, will have an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value that is close to 50 percent below the 2025 limit set by IMO and a CO2 output per TEU that is more than 60 percent below the levels seen by 13,500 TEU vessels delivered just three years ago.

“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.”

Besides an LNG-ready main engine, successful fuel consumption and CO2 reduction technologies previously used by UASC have been applied to this ship including shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making amongst others.

UASC’s 17-ship newbuild order is scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016, with 10 new vessels planned for delivery in 2015.