The Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest shipping company has started to set up its own ecological short sea fleet. The vessels are known as 'Hanse Eco Short Sea Coasters'.
Construction work is expected to start in February 2020 and the ships are due to be delivered during H2 2021. The 'Hanse Eco' fleet is the result of an initiative launched by Torsten Westphal, one of the founding members of Arkon Shipping.
The vessels will be about 90 m long and have a load-carrying capacity of 4.2k tonnes. The cargo hold will be able to accommodate more than 5.5k m2 of goods.
The ships will feature a number of innovative solutions. A front-mounted bridge will allow for a clear view during deck loading procedures and the hull design will reduce fuel consumption. Furthermore, an enlarged hold length will enable the transportation of project loads along typical bulk and break bulk cargo.
Alongside the water treatment systems, which will be mandatory from 2020 onwards, the eco-vessels will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system with an organic catalytic converter, support from an electrical motor and a waste gas after-treatment unit. The main engine will also run on organic fuel.
Ralf Uebachs, Managing Director, Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest, said, "An integrated automation system and using the latest camera technology simplify the operational processes on board and in ports and reduce the administrative work needing to be completed by captains."