As the public pressure mounts on reducing CO2 footprint across the board, the ship owners are investing heavily in greening up the global fleet. This is evident when taking a look at the fleet of ships being delivered next year, as over half of newbuilds, excluding small dry ships, feature eco engines.
Gener8 Maritime has the biggest number of vessels joining the world fleet in 2016 that feature eco engines, according to the data provided by VesselsValue.
Namely, the company has 16 vessels under construction, worth a total of USD 1.5 billion. In the top five group, Gener8 is followed by Bank of Communications with 12 vessels, Maran Gas Maritime and Eastern Pacific Shipping with 11 vessels each and UASC which has 8 eco vessels scheduled for delivery in 2016.
With respect to countries with most prolific shipyards China maintains the lead, as 79% of its total delivery book of 836 ships is comprised by eco ships, totaling in 660 vessels. South Korea comes immediately after China with 344 ships, 87% of its orderbook of 394 ships and Japan, which has 145 eco ships slated for delivery in 2016, which is 45% of its 319 ships.
In terms of ship types, percentage-wise, multigas ships take the lead as 100% of ships, out of the 4 ordered, feature eco engines.
However, in terms of exact numbers, bulkers lead the way with 637 eco ships joining the fleet next year, out of a total of 805 vessels. Tankers occupy the second place with 345 eco ships, out of 481 slated for delivery next year, followed by boxships with 120 eco units, out of 167 joining the global fleet in 2016.
Speaking of country owners, Greece is on top of the ladder with 204 eco ships, succeeded by China with 169, Norway with 119 ships and Singapore with 89 eco ships.
World Maritime News Staff; Graph: VesselsValue