On 15 December, AtoB@C Shipping took delivery of the Electramar, the first vessel in a series of twelve highly energy-efficient plug-in hybrid vessels. These vessels are said to reduce CO2 emissions by up to fifty per cent compared to the present generation of vessels.

Shore power connectivity and a 1 MW battery installation provide superior fuel efficiency and the possibility to minimise noise and emissions while in port. The vessels will use low sulphur fuel oil, but they are able to run on renewable fuels (renewable diesel blends) as well. The vessels have ice class 1A.

The Electramar was launched at Chowgule Shipyard on 21 June.

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Wide variety of cargo

The vessels are optimised for a wide variety of bulk and breakbulk products. Thanks to the crew accommodation and the bridge at the bow, the vessels have a long unobstructed deck, which enables loading more deck cargo and longer project cargoes than present vessels in the fleet.

‘We are proud to be at the forefront of green shipping with these innovative vessels that combine high efficiency, flexibility and sustainability,’ says Mikki Koskinen, managing director of Finnish ESL Shipping (of which AtoB@C Shipping is a subsidiary) and chairman of the Board of AtoB@C Shipping.

A new ship every three months

The second vessel in the series, Stellamar, was launched on the 1st of October. Every other vessel in the series of twelve will be sold to the company established by the pooling investor group. A delivery will now follow every three months, with the last delivery expected in the second quarter of 2026.

The third vessel, Ecomar, moved to the slipway to be assembled after the Stellamar was launched in October. The steel cutting ceremony for the fifth vessel in the series, Maximar, was celebrated at the shipyard in the traditional Indian way at the end of March and the keel laying of the fourth vessel, Aquamar, took place in late April. The sixth vessel in the series will be named Terramar.

Vessel particulars

  • DWT: 5350
  • GT/NT: 4135/1415
  • Cubic capacity: 7650 m3 / 271,000 cbft
  • LOA: 89.95 m
  • LBPP: 84.95 m
  • Beam: 15.95 m
  • Moulded depth: 5.60 m
  • Draught (ballast / max): 3.8 m / 6.1 m
  • Main engine: 1 x Yanmar, 1,920 kW at 750 rpm
  • Bow thruster: 300 kW
  • Hatches: pontoon type
  • Holds: 1 hold, 3 movable bulkheads, 6 tweendecks
  • Hold dimensions: 57.94 x 13.34 / 60.18 x 11.66 x 9.6 metres
  • Container intake: 100 TEU or 50 FEU on deck

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