A2B-online has ordered two new sustainable container vessels of 650 TEU. The feeders will have a multi-fuel methanol propulsion system, battery capacity and can use shore power to operate emission free during port and inland water operations.

A2B-online, a provider of flexible trailer, container and shipping services from the Continent to the UK, has undertaken the construction of the two newbuilds as it prepares its fleet for the future. The new vessels will be equipped with the latest technologies, which are said to reduce CO2 emissions significantly by up to 95 per cent.

The company, which operates seven container vessels, is implementing a fleet revitalisation programme with an eye on the long-term. As it replaces its older tonnage, A2B-online has chosen to construct new vessels with a keen focus on sustainable performance.

Key feature of the new vessels is their optimised efficiency. The increased size of the cargo hold relative to A2B-online’s existing vessels offers double capacity without the requirement to increase the overall length of the vessel significantly.

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In service in 2024

A2B-online has developed the vessels together with Hamburg-based design and engineering company Technolog Services. The company provides design, engineering and consultancy services and has been involved with this innovative project since the outset.

Currently under construction at the leading Sedef Shipyard in Turkey, the vessels are expected to be in service by the end of 2024, operating between Moerdijk in the Netherlands and Immingham, UK.

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