During this week’s Nor-Shipping trade fair at Oslo, the Hamburg-based classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has introduced a new container ship design. The proposed vessel type is tailored for the intra-Asia market, where GL expects the highest growth rates in the coming years.
The new vessel type is marketed at the C-Dragon concept. The design measures 211.90 meters in length between perpendiculars and 37.30 meters (15 rows) in width, with a maximum loading capacity of 3,736 teu. The new concept targets services with short roundtrips and many port calls and is designed to outperform older tonnage, which is now employed in this area after cascading from mainline trades down to regional loops. The proposed ship is to be more efficient in terms of fuel consumption, port turnaround times and cargo intake.
GL said the new type was optimised for services with numerous port calls. Hence, the C-Dragon has a very high ratio of on-deck containers (2,376 teu on deck vs. 1,360 teu in holds) and fewer bays, compared to typical 4,250 teu panamax-beam ships as reference vessels. According to the designers, the greater number of containers on deck reduces the need to remove hatch covers, while fewer bays result in fewer crane movements. GL claims that the average port stay would be reduced from 15 to 14 hours with the C-Dragon, which allows a speed reduction from 15.5 to 15.0 knots on a typical intra-Asia service. Under these conditions, GL claims its design will save up to 30% of bunker fuel, compared to the reference ship.
The C-Dragon’s main dimensions are 211.90m (lbp) x 37.30m (beam) x 19.90m (depth) and 11m (draft). Deadweight: 43,150 tons. 3,736 teu (max) and 2,920 teu (14t). 15,100 Kw MAN G60ME-C9 main engine. Four generator sets of 1,750 kW each (which suggests ca 550 – 600 reefers).