AUGUST 26, 2016—BG Freight Line, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, will add four 1,004 TEU short sea feeder vessels to its Irish Sea Hub services.
The new class of “green” vessels was developed by BG Freight Line operation in conjunction with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services, and designers CIMC ORIC.
The ships will have an overall length of 153m and capacity of 13,250 dwt, with 253 reefer plugs. BG Freight Line will take delivery of four sister vessels under long-term charter after delivery from China’s Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard. The ships are expected to enter service in 2018.
The vessels will be built to DNV GL standards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art features in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and BG Freight Line’s navigation and trading needs.
Each ship will be fitted with a wet scrubber system for exhaust gas cleaning in order to comply with operating within an ECA. The vessels are also fully fitted for the loading of 45 ft short-sea containers in all positions, with room in total for 488 units.
Additionally, a various number of odd-sized containers can be stowed fast and securely due to a new proprietary and innovative cargo stowage system. To minimize operational cost the vessel will be fitted with a modern two-stroke main engine with very low fuel consumption.
All parameters of the vessels have been optimized for the trade between the North Continent, Ireland and the UK.
Koert Luitwieler, Shipping Director at BG Freight Line says, “As well as helping us, and our customers, to reduce their carbon emissions and costs, these custom vessels have a number of innovations to help keep us at the forefront of feeder services in the Irish Sea. We are looking forward to seeing them in service very soon.”
Ole Gabs, Director of ARKON Shipping says, “We are proud to have developed and managed this project under the current difficult shipping market conditions. We believe that the future for vessel design and construction is to have close partnerships between owners and charterers, especially where there is as ambition to meet the highest environmental standards.”