BG Freight Line, a wholly owned subsdiary of Peel Ports Group since 2005, is to receive new ‘tailor made’ short sea container feeder vessels optimised for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.
The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services, and designers CIMC ORIC.
BG Freight Line will take delivery of four sister vessels under long-term charter after delivery from Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard, with them expected to enter service during 2018.
The vessels will be built to DNV GL standards and will be fitted with stateof- the-art features in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and BG Freight Line’s navigation and trading needs.
They will be fitted with a modern wet scrubber system for exhaust cleaning in order to fulfil the requirements for trading within the ECA area. The vessels are also fully fitted for the loading of 45ft short-sea containers in all positions, with room in total for 488 units.
Additionally, a various number of odd-sized containers can be stowed fast and securely due to a new proprietary and innovative cargo stowage system. To minimise operational cost, the vessel will be fitted with a modern twostroke main engine with very low fuel consumption.
All parameters of the vessels have been optimised for the trade between the North Continent, Ireland and the UK.