Finnish company ESL Shipping said its Swedish subsidiary AtoB@C Shipping AB has ordered a series of six electric-hybrid propulsion coastal freighters of 5,350dwt from Indian yard Chowgule. The total investment value of the six ships is approximately 70 million euros. AtoB@C Shipping has the option to expand the order with an unknown number of additional ships.
The greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, per cargo unit transported will decrease by almost 50% compared to similar existing ships. The vessels’ battery packs, shore-side electricity solution and electric hybrid capability enable completely emission-free and noise-free port calls. Ships can also arrive and leave the port with electric power only.
The cargo vessels will measure 90m long, 16m wide, with a draught of 6m. They are scheduled to be delivered starting from the third quarter of 2023.
Design work of the ships and comprehensive model tests have been carried out together with the Dutch SMB Naval Architects. The company has been closely involved in the design of the vessels and has tailored the vessels to customer needs. Special attention has been paid to the energy efficiency and arrangements of cargo spaces.
AtoB@C Shipping invests in highly efficient hybrid vessels