UASC is currently operating one of the world’s youngest container vessel fleets, focusing on optimal efficiency and outstanding environmental standards.
In August 2013, UASC raised the bar for the global shipping industry as it inked a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to build some of the largest, most environmentally friendly, and cost efficient container vessels in the world. The order is the largest in UASC’s history, worth over US$ 2 billion, and includes 17 ships; eleven 15,000 TEU vessels and six 18,800 TEU vessels.
These state-of-art jumbo ships will set a benchmark in the field of Green Engineering as they are designed with the finest level of innovation.
The environmentally friendly vessels are equipped with a Waste Heat Recovery System (WHRS) to deliver greater fuel efficiency than ever before and to reduce emission levels.
Standing at an awe-inspiring size of 400 meters long and 58 meters wide with a draught of 16 meters, they will be among the largest and container ships to sail the oceans. The first of the acquired giants is expected to make her maiden voyage in early 2015, inspiring a grand new future for the world of shipping.
These mega-ships represent a major step forward, demonstrating UASC’s leadership in design, as they will be the first large container vessels to be “LNG ready” at delivery.
When shipping companies order new vessels, the easiest and fastest approach is to select from an existing design that a shipyard has prepared. UASC has taken a different approach and has invested significant time and resources in further developing and optimizing the standard existing designs of the shipyard in order to best suit UASC’s operating profile. UASC has paid special attention to the design and has undertaken numerous design improvement measures. These include hull form optimization using tank tests, hull and propeller design optimization, and design optimization based on UASC’s cargo loading pattern.
In parallel, design optimization of these new vessels will reduce the overall carbon footprint through reduced emissions produced by the Company as well as reducing demand for fossil fuels
Recognizing that fuel costs as well as emission-related environmental considerations are extremely important factors in determining the profitability and carbon footprint of UASC’s new vessels, the new container vessels are prepared for “dual fuel” to be implemented through a later retrofit to the engine and the fuel gas supply system.