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Construction of Conoship “future-proof” vessel has begun


The ceremonial start of the construction of Gelibolu Shipyards building number NB60 took place on November 24, 2022, at the Gelibolu Shipyard in Turkey.

Construction of the first of a series dubbed  “future-proof,”  environmentally friendly general cargo vessels developed by Dutch design and engineering company Conoship International Projects (CIP) started at Gelibolu Shipyard in Turkey.

With a well thought out diesel-electric propulsion system, enlarged propeller in combination with a ConoDuctTail® and optimized hull lines, its fuel consumption will be best in class, especially in wind and waves. To further improve its performance, the design is ready for wind-assisted propulsion, as it is prepared for the placement of Econowind VentiFoils®, which would reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 10% annually, depending on the sailing route.

The future fuels-ready 3,600 dwt vessel is well suited for sea-river operations

Conoship International Projects is working on a number of variants of the ship, including a 3,800 tdw and 5,800 tdw version. A 5800 tdw new design concept is in development and will be brought to market soon. “We are very proud to contribute with these ultra-fuel-efficient cargo vessels to the zero-emission target set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for 2050”, said Maarten Sickler, Director of Conoship International Projects.

Two more 3,600 dwt and three 3,800 dwt vessels will be built for an undisclosed owner by Holland Shipyards Group. The ship under construction in Turkey should deliver in 2023, while the construction of the other five units in the Netherlands is planned for 2024.