Standship gets ABS approval for neo-Panamax bulker

Danish naval architects OMT's new 95,000dwt Kamsarmax design is based its workhorse Seahorse series (pictured).Danish naval architects OMT’s new 95,000dwt Kamsarmax design is based its workhorse Seahorse series (pictured).

ABS has granted Approval in Principle to a neo-panamax bulk carrier design from the StandShip Joint Development Partnership (JDP).

The design is based on Danish architects Odense Maritime Technology established Seahorse designs, and was refined in collaboration with StandShip.

As a result of the optimisation of the hull form, the design offers excellent fuel and speed performance, while a 15% increase in payload compared with typical Kamsarmax designs is expected to lower cargo transport costs.

Available in 86,000 and 95,000 DWT designs, the bulk carrier is intended to be ready to order ‘off the shelf’ for charterers and operators looking for flexibility. The 229m design includes a 38m beam, almost four million cubic feet of hold capacity and a draft of either 13.5m or 14.55m depending on the deadweight option selected.

The design’s draft would allow access to numerous coal, grain and bauxite trade routes across the globe. The vessel design specifies that it is able to navigate with two slack holds and any combination of full or empty in the remaining five holds, offering increased options for operators.

“ABS has a proud record of supporting innovations in vessel design and this project from StandShip is the latest of them,” said Bill Shi, ABS Vice President, Global Engineering. “ABS has extensive experience in bulk carriers and it is a privilege to work closely with our project partners to support delivery of the next generation of vessels.

“We are confident the JDP will result in the most flexible ship in its segment, highly competitive on numerous trades with very economical performance thanks to state-of-the-art design and equipment,” said StandShip’s Director Sebastiano Portunato.

StandShip is a venture between Mitsubishi Ship Building, SeaQuest Marine Project Management, ABS and commercial partners.

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