Monday, January 31, 2011

New Style Bulk Freighter Can Be 18 Percent Cleaner

Project Predicts Substantial Environmental Savings
Shipping News Feature

UK – CHINA – Classification society Lloyds Register have been engaged in a project with Shanghai-based Bestway Marine Engineering Design to develop plans for a freight vessel which would surpass the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index. The results for the proposed 35,000 dead weight tonne bulk carrier have exceeded all expectations.

According to the provisional data from the project, the new design will achieve an 18% improvement in environmental efficiency over comparable previous versions when measured against the IMO’s carbon emission standard. The new 'Emerald' design exceeded targets in a number of key areas: it reduced the Handysize model's steel weight by 12%, making room for more revenue-generating cargo without increasing fuel consumption (the target was a 10% reduction); it also reduced fuel consumption by 19.5% (the target was 15%).

Prof. Liu Nan, Bestway Chairman and General Manager commented:

“This project demonstrated and strengthened the strong relationship between Lloyd’s Register and Bestway. It is an excellent example of effective co-operation between a local design company and a leading classification society. I am sure that with more co-operation our ‘Emerald’ series and other bulk carrier ship-types will be optimised and all these ship-types will satisfy a growing demand from the global ship-owner community.”

Nick Brown, Lloyd's Register's Country and Marine Manager, China was also delighted with the results, saying:

“This project clearly demonstrates what can be achieved through the power of technical co-operation. It showcased our technical expertise and ability to provide timely insights and support to innovative designers such as Bestway right from the initial design stage. This project also highlighted the leadership Bestway is taking in the area of ship design. We are confident about working together again with Bestway on safe and efficient designs in the future.”

The project was started in 2009 to research the commercial, functional and design feasibility of developing environment-friendly, low-carbon, economical bulk carriers. Owners in Asia and in Europe are showing interest in the innovative vessel designs and Bestway is now applying the design criteria to a number of different sized bulk carriers.

Photo: Bulk Carrier courtesy of B.Rosen.