Sri Lanka wins Norway deal for bulk carriers

Sri Lanka’s Colombo Dockyard Plc said it is getting ready to build six 5,000 dead weight tonne bulk hybrid carriers for Norway based Misje Eco Bulk AS, who had also given an option for four other vessels.

The contracts were signed on March 14, 2020, but is “scheduled to come in to effect only in the month of September 2020 with Owners final board approval,” Dockyard said.

The first vessel should b delivered by Colombo Dockyard in 18 months and subsequent vessels at 4 month intervals. 

ECO CARRIER: Concept of Eco-bulk carriers to be built by Colombo Dockyard.

The vessels would be 89.95 meters long and has a hold with a capacity of 5,000DWT. 

“The type of cargo they could carry includes bulk cargo, grain, timber, unit loads and containers,” Dockyard said.

“Each vessel is powered by 4 stroke diesel engine with an Electric Hybrid system supplying additional power through a Battery system.”

As eco-friendly vessels, they have lower emissions compared to a conventional bulk carrier of the same size. The basic design was by Wartsila Ship Design Norway AS.

Dockyard said the deal was the result of marketing efforts of the firm despite a Coronavirus pandemic.

Dockyard says it has been targeting the European market to build eco-friendly bulk carriers, cable laying and service operation vessels.