Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) is moving towards executing an already signed contract with Misje Eco Bulk AS, a Norwegian company, to build six firm plus four optional eco bulk carriers.
The contracts were signed on 14 March 2020 but are scheduled to come in to effect only in September 2020 with the owners’ final board approval.
The 89.95m long vessels are designed to hold a cargo capacity of 5,000 dwt. The type of cargo they could carry includes bulk cargo, grain, timber, unit loads, and containers. Each vessel is powered by 4-stroke diesel engine with an electric hybrid system supplying additional power through a battery system.
The vessels have lower emissions compared with conventional bulk carriers of the same size. The concept and the basic design of the innovative bulk carriers are developed by Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway AS and the detailed designing will be carried out by CDPLC.
The first vessel of the series is scheduled to be delivered in 18 months and the subsequent vessels will be delivered at four months intervals.
CDPLC has been targeting the European market, especially for the construction of eco-friendly bulkers, cable laying and repairing vessels, service operation vessels, and CDPLC said it is extremely confident of serving these emerging requirements in Europe with the capacity and experience it has gathered over the past four and half decades of shipbuilding.
Misje Eco Bulk AS is a fully owned subsidiary of Kåre Misje & Co, a family-owned Norwegian company, which holds a group of companies that provides a complete package of services from chartering and operation to technical and financial management.