As it now turns out, the undisclosed German shipowner who signed orders for four 12,550 dwt heavy-lift vessels at China’s Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry is Krey Schiffahrt.
The shipyard said in a statement that the ships were designed by SDARI, in cooperation with both Krey and Briese Schiffahrt. The statement suggests that Briese will be the operator of the vessels, though this has not been confirmed.
According to Jiangsu Hongqiang, the 12,550 dwt newbuildings will have a length overall of 144.70m, a beam of 22.80m and a design draft of 7.50m. The ship can operate at a speed of 15.1 knots and they are to be classed by Germanischer Lloyd. Two deck cranes with a lifting capacity of 250 tons will be fitted.
The ships will be powered by a modern low speed main engine with below-average bunker consumption.
Construction of the first vessel will start in the second half of this year and deliveries are scheduled in the first half of 2015. The price for each vessel is USD 18.5 million.