We received an enquiry for the concept design of a 5000-6000-tonne deadweight multi-purpose vessel (MPV) that truly had to be multi-purpose. The ship would have to be able to sail “open top” and have a flush deck in order to carry project cargo. Furthermore, the vessel had to have ice class 1A and, in order to comply with the sustainability goals of the owner, a dual-fuel installation (marine gas oil (MGO) and LNG). All this had to fit within a compact and fuel efficient design.
Obviously, the challenge of translating these demands into a feasible design was not an easy task. Especially as there was no existing design of this vessel type running on LNG with the possibility to sail open top. So when the first conversations with the Dutch client Wijnne Barends (Spliethoff Group member) about this new MPV began in 2018, our naval architects were driven to find a suitable solution.
In 2019, this resulted in signing a contract with Wijnne Barends for the contract, basic and plan approval design and principle 3D principle construction engineering of four multi-purpose vessels on LNG for its client UPM. The main purpose of these vessels would be to transport several kinds of paper related cargo, such as wood, pulp, and so on.