JAPAN's Fukuyama City-based Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has gained orders for four 1,020-TEU ships from the Hong Kong subsidiary of Shanghai International Port (SIPG), Shanghai Haihua Shipping (HASCO) in its first shipbuilding order from a Chinese state-owned company.
The four ordered vessels boast fuel efficiency made in 2013 in compliance with new international regulations with two of these ships scheduled for completion in 2016, the remaining in 2017.
Reduction in fuel consumption and nitrogen compounds contained in gas emissions is made possible by an engine in which fuel injection is controlled electronically rather than by the conventional mechanical method.
Efficiency is further improved by a proprietary propeller design so that the main engine's output can be more efficiently converted to propulsive force.
"The high energy-saving performance of this ship model not only cuts operational costs for our maritime business, it is certain to contribute to environmental protection as well," said HASCO general manager Gu Jianmin.
It also features design in compliance with stricter regulations regarding on-board ship noise that were issued by the IMO for chartered vessels contracted from July 2014, and there are also other improvements in the crew's working environment.
As with previous models, the accommodation is at the stern of the ship, entirely behind the on-deck container loading space, which helps to make cargo handling operations more efficient and less time-consuming.
Source : HKSG.