Australian integrated transport and logistics service provider SeaRoad on Monday (20 September) said it has finalised an agreement with German shipbuilding yard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) to construct a new roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) vessel with liquified natural gas (LNG) propulsion worth more than 100 million euros (USD 117.36 million).
The new freight vessel will join Searoad Mersey II and replace charter vessel MV Liekut to operate on Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport, scheduled for the last quarter of 2023, says SeaRoad.
Construction on the 210-metre-long vessel will commence in late 2021 and the ship will feature the latest technology, including LNG power, as part of SeaRoad’s commitment to sustainable practices. The vessel will have a capacity of 4,227 lane metres and capability to transport heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes.
Executive Chairman of SeaRoad, Chas Kelly, says the company is continuously evolving to be the premium freight provider across Bass Strait.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our logistics solutions for customers and with our investment in this new vessel, the team at SeaRoad is confident in the future of transport between Tasmania and the mainland,” he states.
At over 40,000 tonnes gross, the latest order will be the largest freight vessel in SeaRoad’s history, providing more transport options for local agriculture, aquaculture and manufacturing industries.
Philipp Maracke, CEO of FSG said “The company was proud to have brought the business to Flensburg. “This order by a long-standing customer equals an important vote of confidence in both this new model, as well as our established expertise as an innovative German newbuilding yard. Our aim is to combine superior quality and superior life-cycle value. With this new vessel, FSG and SeaRoad will make an important contribution to sustainable shipping.”
The new build agreement took a year to negotiate with border restrictions requiring SeaRoad and FSG to sign the contract 16,000 km apart during a video call.
FSG built Searoad Mersey II, which join the fleet in 2016, and constructed MV Liekut, which joined SeaRoad under a three-year charter agreement in April 2021.
Photo credit: SeaRoad
Published: 21 September, 2021
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