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Brodosplit starts building four new LNG-fuelled containerships

Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit held a steel cutting ceremony for four 2,000 TEU containerships at their shipyard in Split on November 12. The ship’s are being built for Brodosplit’s own fleet, to be operated by Brodosplit Navigation, under the company’s restructuring program.

The ships will be 184.43 meters long, 27.5 meters wide and 15.80 meters high. Their individual deadweight at 10.30 meters draft will be 24 thousand tons, and they will be able to carry 2000 TEUs. 18-knot speed will be secured by engines with power of 11060 kW at 100 revolutions per minute. They are built by rules of Germanischer Lloyd in class of DNV GL.

- By building of these ships Shipbuilding Industry Split and Brodosplit-Navigation enter shipbuilding market niche that will enable sustainable business operation for Split Shipyard, bigger engagement of capacities and acquisition of references for building of ships that will be in higher demand in near future, Tomislav Debeljak, Brodosplit CEO, pointed out.

The special feature of this vessels is that it will use the LNG fuel (liquefied natural gas), which is the cleanest and environmentally friendly fossil fuel. This is so important because the container vessels with LNG fuel will be more attractive in the global shipping market due to new national and international regulations that will prescribe the permitted quantities emissions, which is gradually introduced into a new seas (first U.S. and Baltic).

Brodosplit container vessel will have a low speed 2 stroke "dual fuel" (LNG/HFO) engines that have higher efficiency (lower energy) and work at lower rpm (low speed engines), resulting in lower maintenance costs and longer life span . Now, in the world is made ​​only one container vessel with a 2 stroke "dual fuel" engine. Also can use diesel fuel, and in emergency situations has the ability to drive with the cooking oil from food sectors, as well as all other oils or fuels.

According to that, container vessels from Brodosplit will have four to five times lower cost per mile than the other ships of this class, and 30-50 times less will pollute environment. Thanks to more efficient consumption and superb efficiency, investments in the 2 stroke "dual fuel" engines will be paid out after two to three years of exploitation. The engines will be made by the Brodosplit diesel engine factory, under the license of the MAN, as well as the special tanks for LNG fuel.

Source: Brodosplit

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