NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., part of Japanese NYK Group company, has signed a contract with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, part of the China Merchants Group, to build two next-generation energy-saving heavy-lift vessels. These seek to respond to the demand for transporting cargoes such plants, wind-turbine blades and equipment.
The ships will be equipped with two 400-ton cranes and be able to lift up to 800 tons of heavy cargo. The hold will be about 95 meters in length at its maximum without any bulkheads, i.e., upright walls within the hold.
Additionally, the ships will be hatch coverless, which will allow for navigation with the hatch cover open, and the bridge will be placed at the ship front, enabling the loading of tall and large cargo without disruption to forward visibility during navigation.
From an environmental point of view, a significant reduction in fuel consumption has been achieved compared to existing ships of the same type, the company said.
In addition, the vessels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet in advance EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) Phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025.
These features align with the company’s medium-term management plan ‘Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green’.
The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in August 2021 and January 2022.