BG Freight Line, a subsidiary company of Peel Ports Group (UK) will receive “green vessels” specially designed for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services, which will start operations in 2018.
This series of vessels named Irelandmax were built under DNV GL standards, and the rules and guidelines developed by expert engineers to ensure safety and the business sustainability.
Along with these characteristics, the ship’s modern wet scrubber system for exhaust cleaning comply with the Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and are fully fitted to carry 488 containers. An innovative stowage system will allow stowing different container sizes in a safer, faster way.
The Future of vessel design
Arkon Shipping acted as project initiator and its Director, Ole Gabs, talked about the future of vessel design: “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.”
The vessels are constructed to minimize operational costs with a two-stroke main engine and low fuel consumption. All these parameters were optimized for trade between the North Continent, Ireland, and the UK.
BG Freight Line Chief Executive expects the company to keep at the top of the industry with these new acquisitions: “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.”
These initiatives support the measures for energy efficiency in maritime transport and carbon emissions reduction promoted by ONU and International Maritime Organization (IMO).
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