The Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has received orders for two LNG-powered container vessels. While the yard did not disclose the identity of the owner, it is believed that the vessels are to be built for a sister company of Brodosplit itself, which will then place them on the charter market.
Technical details of the ships have not been provided, but the vessels are expected to fall within the size range from 1,300 to 1,500 teu. The ships will be gearless units with a fully-enclosed deckhouse in the all-aft position. The layout suggests that the ships have been designed with the intra-European feeder trades in mind. The ships will be suited in particular for the North Sea and Baltic, where increasingly tight sulphur emission standards will soon mandate the burning of cleaner fuels or, alternatively, the installation of exhaust gas treatment devices.
Brodosplit said the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2015.