Hull design boosts fuel economy of ultra-large container ships

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The design has been optimised for an operating profile on the Far East to Europe trade route involving nine speed and draught combinations. The installed propulsive power could be reduced by about 16% compared with the initial hull form, optimised for one draught speed condition.
The first of the 13,800-TEU ships is under construction at HHI and will be delivered next year.
The resulting fuel savings will be worth about USD 3 million per ship per year to APL, a global container shipping business and wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), according to DNV.



A collaboration involving APL, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and the classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has resulted in a hull design that is said to make APL’s ten new ultra-large container ships some 20% more fuel efficient per TEU compared with existing designs.

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