TAIWAN's Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) and Hyundai Heavy Industries have signed a new shipbuilding contract for five 15,500 TEU LNG dual fuel container vessels, reports Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.
In response to the maritime net zero carbon emission target by 2050, Yang Ming said it is building a green and energy-saving fleet.
"On top of implementing energy-efficiency retrofits and management on the existing fleet, a dedicated desk has been set up to monitor energy efficiency and the development of future marine fuels," said the Yang Ming statement.
These five 15,500-TEU vessels, to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be equipped with high-pressure LNG dual fuel main engine and ballast water treatment system to meet the latest environmental regulations.
In addition, these vessels will feature an advanced integrated system for navigational information and operation monitoring, as well as broadband maritime satellite systems. These technologies are integral for collecting navigational big data and enhancing the safety of the vessels.
"Yang Ming's current operating fleet comprises 94 vessels, with a capacity of 715,000 TEU. With these five 15,500-TEU LNG dual fuel vessels, Yang Ming will be able to optimise its fleet, reduce operating costs, and improve carbon emission reduction," said the company statement.