The first of 40 inland waterway tanker vessels that are being built by Concordia Damen has been launched at the Kladovo yard in Serbia where the hulls of the ships are being constructed. Concordia Damen signed the contract for the environmentally friendly vessels late last year.
The vessels, known as the Parsifal Tankers, will be chartered by Shell and operated by the VT Group/Marlow. The vessels will be 110 x 11.45 metres and will feature low emission LNG propulsion and extreme shallow draft capabilities. They will carry mineral oils between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Rhine network. The VT Group specialises in the inland shipping of minerals, chemical products, bio fuels and lubricants.
The design of the tankers has been optimised to allow sailing when water levels in the rivers are low as has happened frequently in recent years. They can sail empty with a draught of just over one metre. Propulsion arrangements are electric with power provided by twin MAN-Rollo LNG fuelled main gensets. A 60m3 LNG fuel tank is located forward of the cargo tanks.
Concordia Damen CEO Chris Kornet said, “We are pleased to have reached this milestone in this important project. The Parsifal Tankers represent a new generation of eco-conscious vessels that will play a significant role in the maritime energy transition. We are looking forward to continuing to develop this project in the coming months.”