Dutch transport company A2B-online takes another step in its fleet revitalisation programme by replacing its older tonnage, and making plans for the construction of two newbuild containerships.

A2B-online, a provider of flexible trailer, container and shipping services from continental Europe to the UK, has undertaken the construction of the two newbuilds as it prepares its fleet for the future.

Currently under construction at the Sedef Shipyard in Turkey, the vessels are expected to be in service by the end of 2024, operating between Moerdijk in the Netherlands and Immingham, UK.

The 650 teu vessels have been designed with sustainability in mind, as the company claims, and will be equipped with the latest technologies to reduce CO2 emissions significantly by up to 95%.

The ships will have a multi-fuel methanol propulsion system, shore power and battery capacity to operate emission free during port and inland water operations.

 A2B-online has developed the vessels together with Hamburg-based design and engineering company Technolog Services which has been involved in this project since the outset.

The company, which operates seven container vessels, is implementing a fleet revitalisation programme with an eye on the long-term. As it replaces its older tonnage, A2B-online has chosen to construct new vessels with a keen focus on sustainable performance.

Key feature of the new vessels is their optimized efficiency. The increased size of the cargo hold relative to A2B-online’s existing vessels offers double capacity without the requirement to increase the overall length of the vessel significantly.