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Wuhu Shipyard wins deal for up to ten methanol-powered bulk carriers

Fujian Guohang Ocean Shipping (Group), a prominent Chinese bulker owner, recently inked a construction deal with compatriot Wuhu Shipyard Co. for up to ten 89,000 dwt methanol dual-fuel bulk carriers.

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Under the contract, Wuhu Shipyard will build four firm units and up to six additional sister vessels.

Designed as net-zero emission intelligent ocean-going cargo ships, these vessels achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions through biodiesel and methanol fuels. Furthermore, a main engine EGR system ensures compliance with Tier III standards for nitrogen oxide emissions. The ships’ weight is considerably reduced thanks to their lightweight design. They also include integrated propeller design and energy-saving devices.

The methanol-powered vessels boast a diversified power supply system. The system comprises a high-power shaft generator, a shore power system, photovoltaic power generation, and energy storage batteries. This multi-source power approach enhances operational flexibility, reduces energy consumption in various scenarios, and improves overall operational efficiency, the shipyard said.

The bulker newbuilds will be classed by the China Classification Society (CCS), which together with the shipowner and Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design took part in the design of the vessels.

According to CCS, the ships adhere to CCS Rules for Intelligent Ships. Namely, they feature systems that automate route planning, manage speed, and monitor crucial engine room equipment. Moreover, a smart ship information platform is in place for smooth information sharing between the ship and the shore.

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Wuhu Shipyard has built a solid reputation in the construction of methanol-powered vessels. Last year, the shipyard signed a contract with RFOcean, a London-based firm in the maritime industry. The deal involves constructing four 6,600-ton methanol dual-fuel stainless steel chemical tankers.

What is more, the shipyard has also signed a deal with Stolt Tankers for six parcel tankers and Donsötank for two dual-fuel 22,500 dwt oil and chemical tankers.