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DTU plans replacement research vessel

Denmark’s National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua, urgently needs to replace its aging research vessel R/V Dana IV. The ship will face its 40 year class survey at the end of

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Eimskip, Royal Arctic order ice class containerships

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 — Reykjavik, Iceland, headquartered Eimskip has been in negotiations with shipyards in China to build two 2,150 TEU container vessels and has finalized a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading

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Crystal Cruises to build two more expedition yachts

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 — Following successful completion of Crystal Serenity’s Northwest Passage voyage this summer, Genting Hong Kong’s Crystal Cruises is adding two more expedition yachts as part of its response to

Foss christens second Arctic Class tug

JUNE 7, 2016 — Foss Maritime reports that the second of three state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs, the Denise Foss, was recently christened at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, WA. Built at

Great Lakes Shipyard to build two Damen Stan Tugs

Under the license, signed at this week’s Workboat Show, Great Lakes Shipyard will receive full construction, design and engineering support from Damen, which will also provide expert assistance based on it experience with construction of nearly two hundred Damen designed vessels of other types in the U.S. over the years.

The Stan Tugs 1907 were chosen based on Damen’s reputation for quality and following fact-finding visits made by the management of the Great Lakes Towing Company to Damen in the Netherlands that demonstrated that the Stan Tug 1907 exactly matched the Towing Company’s needs.

In addition to the Ice Class specification, the tugs will also be treated with special, high endurance paint capable of withstanding the abrasion that comes with moving through ice.

The partnership with Damen provides Great Lakes Shipyard with a portfolio of proven vessel designs for U.S. customers. Most of the designs have been refined through the progression of multiple builds.

Damen vessels built under license in the U.S. since the mid-1990s include 55 Fast Crew Supplier 1204 class, built at Horizon Boat Builders and Trinity Shipyard, 25 Fast Crew Supplier 1605 class vessels built by Blount Boats and eighty 26-m patrol boats for the U.S. Coast Guard, built by Bollinger Shipyards which is also the builder of the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (based on Damen’s 47 m Stan Patrol 4708) for which 58 licenses have been sold.

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Finnish owner orders first LNG-fueled handysize bulkers

ESL Shipping and Swedish steel company SSAB have signed a long-term frame agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to enable mutual, long-term gains in efficiency and to reduce overall logistics costs, while simultaneously making raw material logistics as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. At present, the aggregated sea transport volume covered by the agreement is estimated to be 6–7 million tons annually.


The two ice-class 1A ships being built as a result of the agreement will be the first LNG-fueled large bulk carriers in the world. CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported will be reduced by more than 50% in comparison to present vessels.

“This new agreement is a solid example of SSAB’s sustainability strategy in action,” says Per Bondemark, Chief Procurement Officer at SSAB.

“ESL Shipping’s new customer agreement running for several years will secure growing freight volumes, and the new investments to be implemented will release old vessel stock for other transport needs. Besides their environmental benefits, the cost savings provided by the new technology will also allow better profitability,” says Aki Ojanen, Chairman of the Board of ESL Shipping and CEO of its parent Aspo Group.

The two new vessels will be built at the Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans & CSC SBICO in China and will start operating in the Baltic
in early 2018. The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 60 million. The investment cash flow will be divided progressively between 2015 and 2018.

ESL Shipping has worked in close cooperation with Finnish designer Deltamarin on the ship design and the ships have been tailored to customer needs with special attention given to the efficiency of cargo handling and cargo hold arrangements.

Deltamarin has performed the full concept and contract design of the ships for ESL and has a contract with the shipbuilder covering basic and detail design, procurement handling and site assistance for the two vessels based on Deltamarin’s B.Delta26LNG design.

The LNG-fueled B.Delta26LNG bulk carrier is equipped with both dual-fuel main and auxiliary machinery. The ship has a type C LNG tank of approximately 400 cu.m capacity.

The B.Delta26LNG also exhibits very efficient operation in ice class conditions, far surpassing any other similar ships trading in such conditions. Extensive model tests have been performed for both open water, at SSPA in Sweden, and Ice Class 1A operations, at Aker Arctic Technology in Finland.

The vessels will be classified according to DNV GL rules.

The B.Delta26LNG has a shallow draft of max. 10 m, length overall of 160 m, breadth of 26 m and maximum capacity of 25,600 tonnes deadweight.