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CldN signs up for two large hybrid ships

[ February 3, 2022   //   ]

Ro ro freight operator CLdN has signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyards for two hybrid 8,000 lane meter (lm) ro-ro vessels, for delivery in the first half of 2025.

It follows introduction of the5,000lm LNG vessel Faustine at the end of last year and the expected delivery of her sister Seraphine later this month.

The new 8,000lm vessels are modelled on the two similar-sized Celine and Delphine, the largest short sea ro ro vessels operating in the world today and which went into service in 2017 but with a technologically advanced propulsion train.

The order is the largest investment in CLdN’s history.

The new ships, built in South Korea, have two LNG dual fuel main of 11MW each as well as two electric propulsion motors of 6MW each. In full electric mode the ship can achieve a cruising speed of 16-17 knots.

Both vessels will also be future proofed, to allow expansion or integration of technological advancements.

Compared with CLdN’s largest vessels currently in operation, the new ships will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and will be NOx TIER III compliant.

CLdN says it was the top ro ro performer in 2021 ro in Northwest Europe for CO2 emissions per tonne of freight carried. It adds that the new vessels will strengthen its current position and push its ambition to further reduce its carbon footprint.