Hagland Shipping Orders Methanol-Ready Bulker Quartet

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  • Hagland Shipping has signed a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for the construction of four methanol-ready self-discharging bulk carriers.
  • The 5,000 dwt ships will have several innovations to reduce emissions. The vessels will be equipped with an engine solution that can be converted to methanol operation in the future.

Hagland Shipping has entered into a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for the construction of four self-discharging bulk carriers of abt. 5,000 DWT, emphasizing zero emissions at harbour and substantial reduction of emissions during sailing, reads an official release.

New vessel order

Hagland aims to achieve greener short sea shipping through reduced local and global greenhouse gas emissions and reduced noise. The vessels will replace older vessels with traditional propulsion systems with modern, optimized vessels with plug-in battery hybrid solution and electric cargo handler.

Hagland Shipping took over the last ship of three newbuilds from Royal Bodewes in November 2023. The new ships will be of the same design, but with several innovations that will further reduce emissions. Compared to the oldest ships in Hagland’s existing fleet, the ships are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 40-50% and NOx emissions by 90-95% from delivery.

The ships are equipped with an engine solution that can be converted to methanol operation in the future. A system that recovers the waste heat from the engines will produce enough electricity to cover the ship’s hotel load. The first ship is expected to join the fleet around year-end 2025. The ships will fly NIS flag. In total, the investment is more than NOK 800 million and will be the single biggest investment in the group’s history.

The project has received support from the fleet renewal program for shortsea shipping.

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Source: Hagland