The self-unloading dry cargo transhipment vessels with 21,500 dwt capacity will be fitted with two 1.9 MW Azipod electric propulsion units each. The contract also covers the delivery of electric, digital and connected solutions, including a main diesel-electric power plant, generators, switchboards, bow thruster motors, transformers, and the power management system for propulsion and cargo handling.
Oldendorff Carriers newbuilding manager Jan Henneberg commented: “The choice of Azipod electric propulsion system has reduced the investment costs dramatically, as the vessels are already equipped with high-power generation required for self-unloading / loading cargo handling. These shuttle vessels must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuvrable in shallow waters.”
Designed by Shanghai-based CS Marine, the self-loading ships will be constructed at Chengxi Shipyard in China and are scheduled to become operational in 2021. The vessels will be able to unload cargo using a built-in conveyor system without the need to employ shoreside equipment or personnel. Oldendorff Carriers will use the ships to transfer cargo offshore from oceangoing vessels before delivery to their final destination.