Gelibolu Shipyard in Turkey has launched Conoship’s diesel-electric 3600 tdw general cargo vessel last Friday.

The 2,585gt vessel, with diesel-electric propulsion system with a large propeller diameter, in combination with a ConoDuctTail and the optimised hull lines, is designed to be efficient and environmentally friendly, and suitable for the transport of general cargo at inland and coastal waters.

Furthermore, the design by ship designer and engineering firm Conoship International, provides the possibility of changing the type of fuel in the future without a radical conversion of the vessel.

The general cargo vessel’ in CIP-Series (CIP3600) is now set to embark on its journey, representing a new era in innovative, environmentally conscious cargo vessels, as Conoship claims.

Several Conoship designs have been built at the Gelibolu Shipyards in Turkey but this is the latest added.

Oya Aksoy, a board member of Gelibolu Shipyard, shared insights into the collaboration, stating, “The CIP 3600 was a strong proposal for us. We were impressed with the research that had gone into the design, from modern building techniques to features regarding the vessel’s operation.

“It was also important to us that the design balanced practicality with the long-view over the vessel’s lifetime, allowing for flexibility regarding future fuel innovations and changes in emissions legislation.”

Roel Blom, project manager at Conoship International remarked that it was “Wonderful to witness a smooth launching of NB60. We spent many years developing this design and have had an excellent cooperation with Gelibolu Shipyard over the last year. Really exciting to see the ship in the water”.

Conoship statement reads that the construction of this vessel is aligning with Gelibolu’s expertise in building small-to-medium size river-sea vessels, and its proficiency in diesel-electric propulsion from previous offshore projects.

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