German shipping company United Heavy Lift (UHL) will add two more heavy-lift freighters of type F900 Eco-Lifter to its fleet. Built at China’s CSSC shipyard in Hudong, they are due to be delivered in 2023 and 2024.
The 14,100dwt UHL F900 type has a length of 149.9m, breadth of 25.6m, with a draught of 8.3m and with a maximum speed of about 15 knots.
“One of our goals is to reduce emissions from our own operations and help our clients achieve their decarbonisation goals,” said Mr Andreas Rolner, managing director of United Heavy Lift.
The company plans to phase out all UHL 800 P-type vessels and replace them with fuel-efficient modern tonnage. The F900 Eco-Lifter class features high-end low-pressure SCR catalysts to meet IMO Tier III requirements. With minimised carbon dioxide emissions, the vessel class exceeds latest Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) benchmarks. The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30 to 50% less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market, UHL says.
UHL orders two additional F900 newbuildings