Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) is moving towards executing a contract with Misje Eco Bulk AS for six, plus four optional, eco bulk carriers.
The contracts for the carriers were signed on 14 March 2020, but are only scheduled to come in to effect in September 2020 with owners final board approval.
The 89.95 m long vessels are designed to hold a cargo capacity of 5000 DWT. The types of cargo they are capable of carrying include: bulk cargo, grain, timber, unit loads, and containers. Each vessel is powered by four stroke diesel engines, with an electric hybrid system supplying additional power through a battery system.
These vessels are considered eco-friendly, as they have lower emissions compared to conventional bulk carriers of the same size. The concept and basic design of the carriers was developed by Wartsila Ship Design Norway AS, and the detailed designing will be carried out by CDPLC.
The first vessel of the series is scheduled to be delivered in 18 months and the subsequent vessels will be delivered in four months intervals.