UASC names first LNG-ready 18,800 teu vessel

UASC names first LNG-ready 18,800 teu vessel
The vessel was named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named the industry’s first ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) that is ready to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Initially the 18,800 teu ship, the M. V. Barzan, will run on diesel but its design allows an LNG retrofit.

The vessel is one of UASC’s six 18,800 teu vessels and 11 new-build 15,000 teu ships, which are scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016. This year, the UAE-head-quartered shipping line will receive a total of 10 new vessels.

According to preliminary calculations, the vessel boasts an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) value close to 50% below the 2025 International Maritime Organization (IMO) limit.

The M.V. ‘Barzan’ has a CO2 output per teu that is more than 60% below the amount 13,500 TEU vessels delivered three years ago.

Jørn Hinge, President and CEO of UASC, said: “We understand that providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognising environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organization and our customers.”

“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 Three services,” he added.

Hinge further claimed that the M. V. Barzan would deliver the “industry’s lowest per-container levels of CO2 output” on the Asia-Europe trade.

Technologies and solutions deployed on UASC’s largest vessels include a shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and an energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making among others.