Conoship wins Maritime Innovation Award

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Conoship lands contract to design seven vessels

Conoship will work together with Finnish Bore Ltd and Dutch Wijnne Barends, both affiliates of Dutch Spliethoff Group, on the design and build of seven state-of-the-art vessels for sustainable sea transportation for UPM in Europe. The vessels will be ice-strengthened and meet the latest technological, operational and environmental standards. They will be built in China and are scheduled to be delivered in 2021 and in 2022.

 

Bore Ltd will build three (3) RoLo vessels for transporting UPM’s paper products and Wijnne Barends four (4) LoLo vessels for transporting the company’s pulp and other forest products. Conoship has an intermediate function in this process and needs to translate UPM’s transportation demands combined with the ships’ efficiency into a bankable ship design.  “We need to engineer transportation solutions and design ships with a strong focus on sustainability.” says Geert Dokter, Managing Director, Conoship International. “As we have shown with our concept designs and feasibility studies, we are constantly pushing the borders of innovation. We are very proud to be part of this cooperation, a showcase of future shipping and transportation.”

“The vessels will be fueled with liquid natural gas (LNG) which results in a significant (approximately 25%) reduction of CO2 emissions compared with commonly used marine gas oil. In addition, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions will decrease by approximately 85% and 99%, respectively. The emissions of soot particles will also decrease by 99%,” says Lauri Rikala, Director, Global Break Bulk Shipping, UPM Logistics. All vessels will be chartered by UPM and hence will be fully operated by the company.

“Since the establishment of Spliethoff in 1921, the company has been transporting forest products for our clients – it’s in our DNA”, says Michael van den Heuvel, CCO of Spliethoff. “We are very pleased to be able to offer UPM these next generation sustainable vessels. Minimising our environmental footprint has long been a focal point for the Spliethoff Group and the reduction of emissions is a fundamental part of this. The new vessels running on LNG fit well in our continuous drive for greener operations.”

 

     

 

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Article on The Motorship

Article on Nieuwsblad Transport (Dutch)

eConowind-unit presented at Rai Amsterdam

On the 26th of June at the electric and hybrid marine world expo in Rai Amsterdam, Guus van der Bles from Conoship International held a presentation for Econowind about the Maritime Innovation Award nominated eConowind-unit.

The eConowind-unit is an innovative foldable and autonomous unit for wind-assisted ship propulsion easy to fit on a variety of vessels. The eConowind-unit is based on a 40 ft sea container and can quickly be placed and removed. The VentiFoil is a wing shaped element using modern innovations in aerodynamics creating high propelling force relative to its size. Smart boundary layer-suction is integrated in the wing, multiplying the thrustforce of the VentiFoil. In addition in heavy weather conditions the Ventifoils can be easily stored in the container.

The eConowind-unit is fully autonomous: with favorable wind the VentiFoils unfold automatically and adjust by itself to the most optimal position to generate the most thrust power. Maintaining the same speed, fuel consumption and CO2 output will be reduced up to 10-20% depending on sailing area, speed and vessels size.

Click here for the full presentation: Presentation Electric and Hybrid Marine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maritime Innovation Award nomination for Conoship

Last week the nominees for the Maritime Innovation Award have been announced and Conoship International has been selected with it’s eConowind-unit. We are very proud of this nomination and also would like to congratulate Econowind B.V. who has a great part in the development of this innovation in wind assisted ship propulsion.

The eConowind-unit is an innovative autonomous unit for wind-assisted ship propulsion with two foldable ‘VentiFoils’, easy to fit on a variety of vessels. The eConowind-unit is based on a 40 ft sea container and can quickly be placed and removed. The VentiFoil is a wing shaped element using modern innovations in aerodynamics creating high thrust force relative to its size. Smart boundary layer-suction is integrated in the wing, multiplying the thrustforce of the VentiFoil. In addition in heavy weather conditions the Ventifoils can be easily folded in and stored in the container.

The eConowind-unit is fully autonomous: with favourable wind the VentiFoils unfold automatically and adjust itself to the most optimal position to generate the most thrust power. Maintaining the same speed, fuel consumption and CO2 output can be reduced up to 10-20% depending on sailing area, speed and vessels size.

 

Read more about this innovation:
eConowind-unit (portfolio page)