Traditionally, a ship is designed to carry a certain amount of containers, cars, people or tonnage and compromises on its efficiency and aerodynamics due to a length maximum. Liberty is designed purely for optimal performance, allowing us to go zero emissions.
To demonstrate the capability of this new type of vessel, we are working on 4 case studies based on a 200 meter long wave-piercing trimaran with a width of 55 meters, two x 110 meters tall wings and a designed draft of 4,5 meters.
PURE CAR CARRIER
Our first project is Liberty PCC, servicing the route Veracruz – Zeebrügge, with a capacity of 2.000 cars. We have an average wind speed around 8 meters/second, and believe we can offer a service that is competitive in price and transit time.
We see this as a great opportunity for the car manufactures to achieve their emission reduction goals – while not compromising on delivery times and saving money on fuel.
Partners to develop the car carrier case will be involved to ensure the availability of the relevant competence related to cargo handling and port operations. The study of this PCC will be published still this year.
This design has a capacity close to 1,200 teu and a system where containers are loaded by a reach stacker and moved inside the hull via an interior storage system.
We have no need for lashing and this system allows us to line up the containers that are to be unloaded at the next destination during the voyage. All containers are all stored inside the hull, and will not be stacked, therefore more cargo can be transported by using flat-racks.
Also reefer containers can reduce their energy consumption, when transported “below deck” compared to containers on deck that are exposed to heat and sunlight.
Wind and solar energy is expected to become the major energy source of the future, and a lot of equipment needs to be transported for this to materialise.
Due to its width and stability, Liberty can easily be modified to carry long items such a wings, and other windmill equipment. Transporting this equipment with zero emissions, improves the total life cycle of the future wind farms significantly.
A study of this segment is planned to kick off by June next year.
Todays cruise ships are massive polluters, purely for the pleasure of the cruise guests. We expect that the coming focus on Co2 will effect cruise tour operators negatively, unless the cruise lines can offer a zero emissions solution.
LNG, HFO with scrubbers or MGO will not be part of this industry on newbuilds in a decade form now. And todays newbuilds will need to compete with zero emission options well before they reach their twenties.
We can offer zero emission, low noise, no vibrations, excellent stability and comfort cruising, without damaging the places we visit.
A initial study of the options within cruise industry is planned by next year.
The ambition of Blue Technology is to develop solutions which eliminate many of today’s challenges and help the maritime industry on to a truly sustainable path.
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