Oshima Shipbuilding & DNV GL Signs Cooperation For R&D On New Bulk Carrier Designs
Oshima Shipbuilding and classification society DNV GL on getting motivated by the strategy of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by IMO, have signed long-term strategic cooperation to conduct research and development together on new bulk carrier designs. The “Oshima Ultramax 2030” launched at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo, is the first design resulted from the cooperation leading to a 50% reduction in EEDI.
“Oshima and DNV GL have already had close cooperation for many years, resulting in close to 200 ships delivered or on order from Oshima to DNV GL class, and with this strategic agreement we want to extend this cooperation even further,” said Eiichi Hiraga, President of Oshima Shipbuilding. “We are delighted to deliver new, innovative designs together in the years to come.”
In cooperation with leading engine manufacturer Wärtsilä the “Oshima Ultramax 2030” with a new and innovative design has been developed which is the first delivery resulting from this cooperation. This Ultramax design is one of the most efficient bulk carrier designs with an EEDI close to 50% which is lower as compared to other vessels of till date.
It maximizes operational performance while minimizing emissions by utilizing LNG as fuel, optimized hull shape and sail to generate extra propulsion. The design uses solar panels and a battery to cover the hotel load during waiting times and port operations which offers ultra-low emissions in port.
“To help the industry meet the ambitious GHG reduction targets set by the IMO, the industry needs to come together to advance ship design, taking advantage of both existing and new technologies,” said Trond Hodne, Director of Sales & Marketing at DNV GL. “This partnership shows how much can come from this approach. The design halves the EEDI of comparable vessels and sets a new standard for low emission bulk carriers. Our relationship with Oshima stretches back many years and we look forward to continuing working together in the future.”