Construction of Conoship’s first innovative, diesel-electric 3600 TDW general cargo vessel is on track at the Gelibolu Shipyard in Turkey. Based on proven designs, the CIP3600 is a future-proof and environmentally friendly vessel suitable for sea-river operations.
‘We have built Conoship designs before – both for our own general cargo fleet and for other customers – and were pleased with the performance of the vessels, particularly their fuel efficiency,’ says Conoship partner Oya Aksoy, board member of Gelibolu Shipyards. ‘When we started looking at the future of general cargo vessels, the CIP3600 was a strong proposal. We were impressed with the research that had gone into the design, from modern building techniques to features regarding the vessel’s operation. It was also important to us that the design balanced practicality with the long-view over the vessel’s lifetime, allowing for flexibility regarding future fuel innovations and changes in emissions legislation.’
She adds: ‘At the shipyard, we have in-house teams for steelwork, piping, electrical, painting, and outfitting, and we work hard to ensure continuity of knowledge and skills in the company. Having staff at all levels who bring relevant experience and expertise from previous vessels to the project has ensured that everything has progressed on schedule. Communication with the Conoship project management team and their ongoing support has also been invaluable.’
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 VentoFoils, which would reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about ten per cent, depending on sailing route.
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.
Progress newbuild CIP 3600
Steel cutting for the first CIP3600 built by Gelibolu Shipyard began in November. Section and block building is now well underway. Delivery of the first vessel is planned for January 2024.
Pictures by Conoship International.