New Biofuel-Capable Cement Carrier To Join Eureka Shipping Next Year


Eureka Shipping, a cement carrier services provider jointly owned by Cyprus-based SMT Shipping and Canada’s CSL Group, is building a biofuel-capable, shore power-ready mechanical/pneumatic cement ship.

Courtesy of Eureka Shipping

The newbuild is currently under construction at the Holland Shipyards Group in the Netherlands and is scheduled for delivery in 2025.

Destined for operation in the Great Lakes, the 12,500 dwt vessel is designed to replace two older vessels while maintaining the same cargo capacity.

Some of the key features of the new cement carrier are:

  • a diesel-electric propulsion system consisting of four generator sets, providing redundancy for both navigation and cargo operation;
  • fuel-efficient engines capable of operating on HVO biofuel, to enhance performance and reduce emissions;
  • two rudder propellers with 360-degree thrust, plus ‘a powerful’ bow-thruster, for better manoeuvrability and optimised navigation safety;
  • energy-saving measures to minimise power consumption, including LED lighting throughout;
  • advanced cargo handling equipment to reduce power usage during loading and unloading operations;

Modified discharge equipment

Equipped with modified discharge equipment tailored to the customer’s receiving terminals, the vessel will discharge cargo at rates of up to 1,000 tonnes per hour.

Eureka owns and commercially operates a fleet of self-unloading cement carriers ranging in size from 3,000 to 23,000 dwt in the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and the Great Lakes.

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Source: Offshore energy