United Heavy Lift (UHL) has ordered two additional Eco-Lifter newbuilds, to be delivered in 2023 and 2024. The order is part of a fleet renewal plan that will see all UHL 800 P-type vessels replaced with fuel-efficient modern tonnage.
Between 2019 and 2022, UHL took delivery of seventeen F900 Eco-Lifters newbuilds. UHL says it now operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient multi-purpose (MPP) heavy-lift fleets on the market with lifting capacities of up to 900 mtonnes. With a fleet of over twenty vessels, UHL has a relatively full order books the coming years. The new order brings the total of F900s to nineteen.
The new and enhanced F900 Eco-Lifter class features high- and low-pressure selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts to meet IMO Tier III requirements. With minimised CO2 emissions, the vessel class exceeds latest EEDI benchmarks. According to the shipping company, the carbon footprint of the F900 class is thirty to fifty per cent less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market.
UHL will be taking delivery of the two F900x Eco-Lifter newbuilds at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China, in 2023 and 2024.