Norwegian shipping company Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its feeder boxship design with a number of innovative features.
The new design, known as Cobalt Blue, features an open deck, a forward deckhouse and a modular layout that allows the ship to convert to different fuel types during its lifetime.
The ship was designed in collaboration with Deltamarin and received approval in principle from the classification society DNV at this year’s Nor-Shipping.
It can be built with an LNG dual-fuel main engine, with the ability to switch to low-carbon fuels such as biogas, synthetic methane or green ammonia with a small, pre-planned conversion
“The vessel can easily be reconfigured to accommodate the additional tanks required for alternative fuels and there can also be space for battery containers to allow zero-emissions operations close to port.”
Kongsberg added that the unit does not require heavy cargo hatches and that its forward deckhouse will help protect cargo from green water spilling onto the ship.
“The container feeder market will need to undergo fleet renewal in the coming years and owners will carefully consider their options. With future emissions reductions in mind, future ships will need to incorporate the use of alternative fuels, and this design will allow owners to invest in a ship that can evolve over time,” said Oskar Levander, senior vice president of business concepts at Kongsberg Maritime.