Not XXL freighters with more than 18,000 standard containers (TEU) on board, but small ships with 3,500 to 5,000 TEU are the future of shipping according to inventor Berend Panda and technology managing director Hans-Jürgen Voigt. They are the think heads behind eco-friendly LNG powered steam ships that will consume 30 per cent less fuel than conventional container vessels.
Certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL), their innovative vessels already meet the stricter emissions standards that will apply to shipping in the coastal zones of Europe, North America and Asia by 2015. Launch customers of the vessel, which will cost 55-60 million euro, include the Chinese shipbuilding and shipping group Sumec Marine.
According to the Hamburg team, the Stream ship could be deployed as liner or feeder for worldwide services, for instance between Europe and Asia. Over its entire life cycle, such a vessel would allow to save a total of 336 million euro on operating costs and a half million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Technolog is a member of the Hamburg engineering partner und Projektmanagement pool (IPP), a co-operative with more than 120 engineers and experts to take all engineering tasks especially in the shipbuilding industry.