UASC names first ever LNG-ready ULCV
The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named the industry’s first ever LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) at the HHI Shipyard in Ulsan (South Korea) on 27 November 2014.
Named the "Sajir", the unit is the first vessel in UASC’s current newbuilding programme that encompasses 17 vessels in all. With a capacity of 15,000 teu (A15), the DNV GL classed vessel is the largest and one of the world’s most eco-efficient vessel in this capacity range. Preliminary calculations indicate an energy efficiency design index (EEDI) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit established by the IMO.
The vessel will start operating on the Asia–North Europe route after delivery. Ten further A15 vessels and six 18,800 teu (A18) box ships will be delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to UASC by mid-2016.
The CO2 output per teu for this new vessel class will be 22% less than for a 13,500 teu vessel delivered only two years ago. The environmental credentials of the A15 class are further highlighted by the fact that these latest vessels are designed and prepared for a quick and cost-efficient LNG retrofit at a later stage. This “LNG-ready” concept has been confirmed with an approval in principle from DNV GL as an industry first.