Construction kicks off on Sallaum Lines’ LNG dual-fuel Ocean-class ship

Swiss shipping company Sallaum Lines has held a steel-cutting ceremony for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel Ocean-class ship, marking the start of the construction process of the Ocean-class ship series.

The Ocean-class series represents Sallaum Lines’ new fleet expansion initiative, with the first vessel named Ocean Explorer leading the way. This vessel boasts a capacity of 7,500 CEU and uses dual-fuel LNG technology.

The company said its large car and truck carrier (LCTC) vessel is larger than conventional pure car and truck carriers (PCTC).

With a length of over 200 meters, 38 meters width, and a depth of 15 meters, the vessel also has a higher ramp and deck capacity, expanding the range of cargo that can be lifted. With 14 vehicle decks, the robust design is expected to ensure effective cargo handling and maximize operational efficiency.

The dual-fuel LNG design was developed in collaboration with the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design And Research Institute (SDARI). It will enable the Ocean-class vessels to utilize liquefied natural gas, marine gas oil (MGO), and very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), according to Sallaum Lines.

“This versatile propulsion system not only enhances operational flexibility but also contributes to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, with an impressive 25% decrease compared to traditional vessels. This eco-conscious design emphasizes the company’s proactive approach to combatting climate change and aligns with global sustainability goals,” the shipowner noted.

Set for delivery in late 2025, Ocean Explorer is said to signify a new chapter in maritime innovation for Sallaum Lines, “setting benchmarks for efficient and environmentally friendly cargo transportation worldwide”.

To remind, last year, Sallaum Lines ordered up to six new LNG dual-fuel PCTCs at China Merchants (Jinling) Shipyard.

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