Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding and classification society DNV GL have joined forces to develop new low-emission bulk carrier designs.
The cooperation has already led to the development of the “Oshima Ultramax 2030”, a ship that would have the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) reduced by 50 percent, according to DNV GL.
Developed in cooperation with engine manufacturer Wärtsilä, the Ultramax design uses LNG as fuel, an optimized hull shape and a sail to generate extra propulsion.
In addition, the companies said the design offers ultra-low emissions in port, by using solar panels and a battery to cover the hotel load during waiting times and port operations.
The partners aim to continue the strategic cooperation through to 2030, developing and updating a road map towards the IMO zero emissions scenario, which will be gradually implemented through annual joint industry projects, where other partners will be invited to join.
“To help the industry meet the ambitious GHG reduction targets set by the IMO, the industry needs to come together to advance ship design, taking advantage of both existing and new technologies,” Trond Hodne, Director of Sales & Marketing at DNV GL, said.
“This partnership shows how much can come of this approach. The design halves the EEDI of comparable vessels and sets a new standard for low emission bulk carriers.”