Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has entered into a cooperation agreement with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a new generation of feeder container carriers. The companies will jointly design and develop next-generation feeder that will focus on flexibility and operational efficiency.
Changing environmental regulations, unpredictable energy prices and volatile freight rates compel ship designers to continuously improve the operational and environmental performance of their next-generation designs. The development of new generation of feeder container carriers will promote the transformation and upgrading of Chinese shipbuilding industry. ABS is working with industry as designs change and new concepts are introduced.
The design incorporates technology-readiness features to comply with present and future regulations cost-effectively. The design will meet future market and trade requirements driven by the increase in ultra-large container carriers as well as the growth of specific regional markets.
Earlier this year, Deltamarin and Wartsila introduced new container feeder designs focusing on fuel economy and cargo capacity.