Langh Ship has ordered three multipurpose dry cargo ships to serve Outokumpu on the short sea route between Finland and continental Europe.
Outokumpu, a global leader in stainless steel and a pioneer in sustainability, has signed a long-term time charter with the Finnish shipping company Langh Ship for three newbuildings delivered by the Wuhu shipyard in China. Delivery of the first ship is planned for mid-2023, followed by the other two at close intervals.
The new buildings are designed for year-round traffic in the northern Gulf of Bothnia and will have ice class 1A. The ships are scheduled to operate between Outokumpu’s main port, Tornio, Finland, and its continental hub, Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The ships will transport semi-finished and finished steel products to customers and for further processing. On the backhaul, the ships are loaded with scrap steel, the main raw material for Outokumpu stainless steel.
With a load capacity of 7,800 tons, the ships ordered will be the ideal size for the desired service frequency. The design was developed by Langh Ship in collaboration with Outokumpu and the Chinese ship designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI). Langh Ship has three multi-purpose cargo ships specially equipped for steel haulage that are currently chartered out of Outokumpu. The experience from many years of cooperation in this area has been incorporated into the design of cargo holds and handling solutions for the new ships.
“We really appreciate the long-term relationship we have with Outokumpu. The collaboration between our companies began over three decades ago. We are very much looking forward to this next step with these newbuildings, which will further deepen our cooperation, ”says Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Managing Director of Langh Ship.
Jyrki Sandelin, Outokumpu Category Manager for Transport: “This transport route is the most important transport route for the Outokumpu Group and that is why we trust our reliable partner Langh Ship. Our cooperation and previous experience on this northern route have resulted in excellent solutions. Both companies have high ambitions and push each other to make constant improvements. “
The newbuildings will be specially equipped for the shipping of steel, but as multi-purpose ships they are suitable for many types of cargo to meet the diverse needs of Outokumpu. The main product, stainless steel coils, have a safe ride with Langh Ship’s patented pontoon-style coil cradle tween deck. By loading coils both on the floor of the hold and on the tween deck, the weight is distributed in such a way that the ship’s movements slow down in heavy seas. This makes transport safer and reduces the risk of cargo damage.
When loading other goods, the tween decks are stowed in a smaller hold, which frees the main hold for bulk goods or containers. The cargo space is box-shaped and equipped with adjustable bulkheads to create optimal cargo space sizes for other cargo and to optimize the dimensions for containers. Heavy steel containers specially developed by Langh Cargo Solutions can be transported on the hatch covers. The starting point for designing the freight solutions was to maximize the utilization of freight capacity. This will ultimately serve both goals, further reducing transport emissions and being as cost-efficient as possible.
The ships are designed to meet Outokumpu’s ambitious sustainability goals by minimizing emissions and complying with all known upcoming environmental regulations. The ships are equipped with dual-fuel engines that can be operated with multiple fuels and can therefore be adjusted to future next-generation fuels.
“Thanks to the energy-efficient hull shape, these ships have a lower engine power than the current ships. Nevertheless, they can load more cargo and maintain the service speed, ”says Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Managing Director of Langh Ship.
“The design was developed in close collaboration between Outokumpu and Langh Ship. Both companies have the common goal of making the ships as energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and flexible as possible. The future will bring alternative fuels, shore power and battery technologies for which these ships are already equipped, ”said Eero Pajunen, chief operating officer, Langh Ship.
The new buildings will be equipped with a dual-fuel main engine with an output of 4,500 kW. In the future, the ships can be converted to run on various fossil-free fuels. As a starting fuel, they will use liquefied natural gas, LNG, which can be replaced directly by liquefied biogas (LBG). The ship’s LNG tank is suitable for both methanol and ammonia. In addition, the ships are prepared for the installation of shore power, which would make them emission-free when calling into port. In addition, space is reserved for the installation of batteries, which enable hybrid solutions.
To handle ballast water, the new buildings are equipped with the recently introduced Ballast Water Management System from Langh Tech. The system eliminates the risk of harmful invasive species.
Source: Langh Ship