Conoship International has developed an innovative 3600-DWT general cargo vessel suited for sea-river operations. According to the ship design company, it can be considered the new standard for low-air draught sea-river coasters. The first series of six of these diesel-electric cargo vessels will be constructed at Fosen Yard Emden, Germany.

With its well thought out diesel-electric propulsion system, enlarged propeller in combination with a ConoDuctTail (a fuel-saving aftship design) and optimised hull lines, its fuel consumption will be best in class, especially in wind and waves. To further improve its performance, the design is ready for wind-assisted propulsion, as it is prepared for the placement of two Econowind VentiFoils, which would reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about ten per cent, depending on sailing route.

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Ready for future fuels

The design is highly future-proof. The EEDI of the vessel as calculated as a diesel-driven vessel is already below the phase 3 requirements. Furthermore, a switch of fuel type to future fuels such as liquid hydrogen or ammonia is facilitated by smart arrangement design, where the requirements of the future fuels have been taken into account from the beginning of the conceptual design process.

Main particulars of the vessel:

  • Length overall: 88.00 m
  • Breadth moulded: 13.20 m
  • Draught design: 4.30 m
  • Draught maximum: 5.00 m
  • Deadweight @ T = 5.00 m: 3640 t
  • Hold volume: 180,105 cu.ft
  • Service Speed: 10.00 kn
  • Attained EEDI: about 35 per cent below phase 3 requirements.

Series production

Due to production-friendly construction principles, optimised logistics and increased series effects, the construction of these vessels can be carried out competitively at a variety of shipyards in North Western Europe.

‘We are very proud that this ultra-fuel-efficient cargo vessel is developed according to our philosophy to build in series in the North of Europe,’ says Maarten Sickler, Director of Conoship International Projects.

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Ready in 2023

The project was initiated by Conoship International Projects (CIP) based on extensive market research. CIP proactively marketed this vessel, looked for clients, and sourced shipyards. Furthermore, CIP actively brokered between finance houses, owner and shipyard.

‘We are delighted with the order,’ comments Carsten Stellamanns, managing director of Fosen Yard Emden. ‘The order is intended to become a flagship project and attract other similar projects to the region. Since 2019, we want to re-establish shipbuilding in Germany, at least in certain segments with Fosen Yard Emden GmbH, as a member of the Fosen Group. The yard in Emden is located on an area with over 550,000 m2 and has a long tradition of building various types of vessels. Its 100 employees enable it to build high quality at competitive prices.’

The construction of this first series of six cargo vessels is planned for spring 2022, while the entire series is expected to be delivered in 2023.

Picture: CIP3600 General Cargo Vessel with diesel-electric propulsion (by Conoship International).

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