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November 5, 2010

New Mitsui bulker design cuts CO2 emissions

Japan's Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has unveiled a next-generation 66,000 dwt bulk carrier design developed to reduce CO2 emission by 30 percent. of next generation.

Named the "neo Supramax 66BC," the new ship is an enlarged version of Mitsui's best selling 56,000 dwt type handymax bulker, for which it has received over 150 orders

Development of the neo Supramax 66BC design involved extensive consultations with shipowners and operators and investigations of more than 600 ports all over the world. The result is a ship designed to have wide beam (36 m) and shallow draft, taking into account current 56BC trading patters and the expansion of Panama Canal, expected in 2014.

The ship is a general use bulk carrier equipped with deck cranes and suited for the carriage of bulk cargoes including coal, iron ore, wheat, barley, soya beans, etc. It can also carry lengthy/heavy cargoes such as steel pipe and hot coil. Hatch openings are optimized for the existing cargo handling equipment at various ports.

Although the neo Supramax 66BC is larger than the 56BC, its fuel consumption less as a result of adopting Mitsui's newly developed energy-saving hull form.

The shipbuilder is offering two specifications for the ship - Premium and Standard. The Premium model will achieves a reduction of CO2 emission by about 21 percent on a ton-mile basis with a further reduction of up to about 30 percent with the application of optional software and hardware .

Mitsui is also developing measures to meet future SOx and NOx emission controls and requirements for ballast water treatment system is adopted, which is a hot current topic among maritime industries.

Principal Particulars of the Ship

Length overall 200 m

Breadth 36 m

Depth 18.45 m

Full-load draft 12.9 m

Deadweight 66,000 metric tons

Service speed 14.5 knots


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