Cyprus based Eureka Shipping, a provider of cement carrier services jointly owned by SMT Shipping and The CSL Group, has announced the construction of a state-of-art mechanical/pneumatic cement ship destined for operation in the Great Lakes.

The new constructed cement carrier with a deadweight of 12,500 metric tonnes, is designed to replace two older vessels while maintaining the same cargo capacity.

The new vessel which is currently under construction by the Holland Shipyard Group in the Netherlands, is scheduled for delivery in 2025 and will commence operations in the Great Lakes region.

From its propulsion system to its onboard amenities, every aspect of the new vessel’s design reflects a dedication to safety, environmental stewardship and operational efficiency. Key features include a diesel-electric propulsion system consisting of four generator sets, providing redundancy for both navigation and cargo operation, modern fuel-efficient engines capable of operating on HVO biofuel to enhance performance and reduce emissions, two rudder propellers with 360 degree thrust plus a powerful bow-thruster for superior maneuverability and optimized navigation safety, energy-saving measures to minimize power consumption including LED lighting throughout, state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment to reduce power usage during loading and unloading operations, extensive noise insulations and silencers on machinery and cargo handling equipment, being prepared for operation on shore power when such power becomes available and high-quality accommodations for officers and crew, prioritizing comfort and well-being.

Kai Grotterud, Managing Director of Eureka Shipping, says that “Building a ship aligned with eco-friendly principles is a top priority for both Eureka Shipping and our customer,” who adds that “Our new cement carrier is expected to contribute significantly to decarbonization by drastically reducing the emissions per metric tonne of cargo carried.”

Source: Eureka Shipping