MSC’s newest ships, due for delivery in 2019 and 2020, are to be fitted with features aimed at reducing emissions.
The 23,000-TEU newbuilds will have extensive reefer capacity and are expected to offset the capacity removed from the market when a significant number of 13,000 and 14,000 TEU vessels come off-hire in the near future.
MSC manager for the newbuild program Giuseppe Gargiulo said the company was committed to providing efficiency.
“[The new vessels] will comply with new, tougher environmental regulations and the quality of engineering will set the standard in international container shipping,” he said.
The vessels will be equipped with a MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 main engine, with an ultra-long stroke that lowers the optimum engine speed and allow the use of a larger, more efficient propeller.
They will also have exhaust gas cleaning systems to ensure air emissions from fuel meet new environmental regulations, while being ready to use low-Sulphur and other fuel sources if required.
Other new elements include a double hull in the most important area of the engine room, to protect equipment and prevent marine pollution in case of an accident, and an air lubrication system which reduces friction resistance through the water and brings power savings and a 10-15% net reduction in CO2 emissions.
“When our newbuild team aren’t working on new ships they are involved in the day-to-day issues that arise on existing tonnage,” Mr Gargiulo said.
“This exposure gives them a better grasp of challenges and opportunity to notice things that might otherwise be missed.”
An important feature is a new dual tower fire-fighting system, highlighting the importance of customers’ cargo to MSC at a time when there have unfortunately been a series of fires on container ships across the industry.
MSC is the second-largest container line in the world, with a capacity of 3.25m TEU, or 14.4% of the world’s total capacity (as of 12 October), according to Alphaliner.