The Cardiff-based company Graig Group has placed an order for three fuel-efficient MARLIN 2000 Blue container feeders at China’s Jinhai Heavy Industry with an option for three more.
Wärtsilä Ship Design has developed the MARLIN series in close co-operation with Graig and the DNV classification society. The design offers cutting edge features for container vessels.
The MARLIN series delivers approximately 30 percent improved fuel efficiency per TEU carried, improved capacity and slow steaming potential, better loading flexibility for different container types, including a high reefer intake, and lower emissions when compared to vessels currently in service. The MARLIN 2000 Blue design is intentionally targeted towards the current needs of the high growth intra-Asia trade routes, and there is demand for a series of these vessels.
There are two further MARLIN concept designs, which will become more attractive to charterers as air emission standards tighten and bunker costs rise.
The MARLIN 2500 Jade design is slightly larger and diesel powered, but is delivered with either scrubber or SCR emissions reduction technology, while offering similar fuel and efficiency gains. MARLIN 2500 Green is aimed at the market for feeder vessels in ECAS (Emission Control Areas) and offers dual fuel and LNG power options.
The first deliveries are scheduled for August and September 2013.
World Maritime News Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: Graig Group