Wilson ASA, a European player in the short-sea market, has ordered eight CIP6300 future-proof newbuildings at Cochin Shipyards. With the vessels, designed by Conoship International, Wilson wants to meet environmental targets. The order comes in addition to the six CIP3800 vessels ordered in June 2023.

The total of fourteen newbuildings are being constructed at Cochin Shipyard, and will be delivered from the first half of 2025 until 2028. These new, modern vessels will contribute to both growth and fleet renewal of the existing Wilson fleet.

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Diesel-electric and optimised hull

The CIP6300 is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system, a large diameter propeller and optimised hull lines, which lead to the lowest possible fuel consumption. The design comes with the option to install three VentoFoil units (a type of wind-assisted ship propulsion designed by Econowind) for further fuel reduction.

CIP6300 and CIP3800 in fjord environment (photo Conoship).
CIP6300 and CIP3800 vessels in fjord environment (photo Conoship).

It features a single cargo hold with high cubic capacity making it ideal for carrying a variety of heavy and light cargo.

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Ready for a change in fuel type

The well thought design allows for the possibility to change the fuel type in the future. The Conoship-designed CIP Series vessels are designed to adapt to a wide range of fuel and energy types going forward.

The contracted newbuilds will reduce environmental impact and enhance efficiency. 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.

Picture (top): CIP6300 without sails (by Conoship).

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