Seaspan Corporation Receives LR Approval for Next-Gen Feeder Vessel Design

May 23, 2024by CN_MAR

The UK classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded approval in principle (AiP) to Hong Kong-based containership lessor Seaspan Corporation for its next-generation feeder ship design.

This innovative vessel, measuring 198 meters in length and developed by Technolog, is designed to be future-proof. It can be efficiently converted from LNG to ammonia fuel during its lifetime, enabling it to trade efficiently in today’s market while being prepared for future demands.

Through collaboration with Technolog and LR, Seaspan has created a solution that meets current market needs and anticipates future challenges in the maritime industry. The design of the next-generation feeder ship reflects the future direction of ship design.

By completing the AiP process, Seaspan, Technolog, and Lloyd’s Register have laid the groundwork for advancements in feeder vessel technology in this rapidly evolving sector. This project builds on previous work that LR has conducted with Seaspan Corporation.

Seaspan is a founding partner of several LR Safety Tech Accelerator initiatives, including “Methane Abatement in Maritime Innovation” and “Cargo Fire and Loss Innovation.” Seaspan and LR are also collaborating on initiatives focusing on how the energy transition impacts seafarer safety.

All three parties look forward to beginning work on phase 2 of this project, which will involve the development of a DF ammonia feeder vessel.

“We are very pleased to grant Approval in Principle to Seaspan for their innovative Next Generation Feeder Vessel Design. This achievement highlights Seaspan’s dedication to excellence and sustainability in maritime transportation. LR remains committed to supporting industry leaders like Seaspan in their pursuit of cutting-edge solutions that drive positive change and set new standards for the future of shipping,” commented Andy McKeran, Chief Commercial Officer at Lloyd’s Register.

Peter Jackson, SVP of Assets and Technology at Seaspan Corporation, added, “We are committed to providing creative solutions to our customers in support of their decarbonization journey. The best way to do this is through partnerships and collaborations with industry leaders such as LR and Technolog. Seaspan and LR have partnered to address important topics for many years, and this is an excellent result of one of those partnerships. Technolog’s input has also provided a creative solution and demonstrated their leadership in the ship design and feeder ship segment.”

Last month, Seaspan entered into a partnership with German container shipping major Hapag-Lloyd to retrofit and convert five 10,100 TEU boxships powered by conventional S90 engines to dual-fuel engines capable of running on methanol. Following the engine retrofit, the vessels will continue to be on long-term charter from Seaspan to Hapag-Lloyd.

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