Vega-Reederei has placed a significant contract for the construction of ten 3800-DWT future-proof newbuildings designed by Conoship International. The diesel-electric coasters will replace the company’s existing fleet.

Vega‘s current fleet is high-consuming and overaged. The shipping company plans to operate a 100 per cent newbuilding fleet for a market-re-entry.

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3800-DWT design

The 3800 DWT is an innovative general cargo vessel for the short sea shipping trade. The powering and propulsion of the vessel is by means of electric motors in combination with diesel generator sets. The propeller has a large diameter ensuring, in combination with a ConoDuctTail and the optimised hull lines, the best possible efficiency, and lowest possible fuel consumption. The design also provides the possibility of integrating the eConowind-unit, which can lead to fuel savings and emission reductions.

Owed to their flexible design, the Conoship vessels can also be easily upgraded to full-electric by replacing three main engines with green power sources like hydrogen cells.

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Vessels to be built in China

The vessels are designed to meet and surpass environmental standards required in today’s maritime industry and it is a step in the right direction to further reduce the shipping carbon footprint. The vessels are designed by Dutch Conoship and the building contracts have been signed by a company of the Sinomach Group, a leading Chinese state-owned manufacturing group.

Deliveries will occur as early as August 2024 until May 2025, on a monthly basis.

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