Best foot Forward with LNG-powered bulk carriers
Forward Maritime has signed a letter of intent with Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group covering the construction of up to 20 Kamsarmax-size bulk carriers of 84,000 dwt. Subject to finalisation of the deal, the ships would be delivered over the 2020-23 period.
Forward Maritime has been working on the Forward Bulker 84-LNG ship design concept for several years, in tandem with project partners ABS, Shell, GTT, Wrtsil and Deltamarin. The principal driving force behind the project is Alex Panagopulos, chief executive of Arista Shipping, the parent company of Forward Maritime.
The Forward Bulker partners have come up with one of the most environment-friendly, fuel-efficient bulk carrier designs ever developed. Utilising its proprietary hull lines technology, Deltamarin worked closely with ABS to yield what is claimed to be the optimum in streamlined hulls for Kamsarmax-sized vessels, which are limited to a length of 229 m.
Wrtsil developed a patent-pending, dual-fuel machinery arrangement for the Forward Bulker, consisting of two four-stroke Wrtsil 31DF engines and two power take-off units coupled on a single shaft driving a controllable pitch propeller.
The engine manufacturer reports that the two four-stroke engines can accommodate all power and hotel loads in a much smaller engineroom footprint than is possible with a single two-stroke engine and three gensets, the usual ....