Germany’s Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest shipping company said it has placed orders with an unnamed yard for four environmentally friendly short sea freighters called Hanse Eco Short Sea Coasters. The company said they will be built by an undisclosed yard in China which is “qualified to build this ship size.” It is believed the yard is China’s Dayang Offshore.
The order is part of a strategy by the company to set up its own environmentally friendly short sea shipping fleet. The Hanse Eco vessels will be about 90m long and have a deadweight of 4,200. The cargo hold will be able to accommodate over 5,500cu.m of cargo. Construction is expected to start in February 2020 and the ships are due to be delivered during the second half of 2021. The vessels are based on the latest developments related to environmental protection, digitalisation and design. The Hanse Eco fleet is the result of an initiative launched by Mr Torsten Westphal, one of the founding members of Arkon Shipping. Developing a future-oriented short sea fleet aims to provide a sustainable solution for shipbuilding that is designed to meet specific needs. This work is taking place with its partner Rhenus, the leading German transport group.