Conversion and retrofitting – increase efficiency and extend lifetime

The increasing speed at which parameters are changing requires decisions from ship owners and shipping companies. Just a few examples: New and stricter environmental rules, e.g. establishment of ECA zones Changes in demand, e.g. increased demand for specialised ships Widening of the Panama Canal Navigability of Arctic waters Improved port infrastructure Automatisation of shipping operations Propellant systems optimised for efficiency and low maintenance To comply with the emissions regulations while navigating the North and Baltic Sea, existing units can be fitted with scrubber systems (to remove pollutants) or dual-fuel engines. These retrofits require no, or only little, modification of the hull structure. This is not the case when an offshore supplier is converted to a cable layer, or when a Panamax container ship is extended to make a New Panamax. Such projects always require interventions affecting the structure of the hull. Whether retrofitting or conversion, TECHNOLOG’s specialists are proficient in all areas. Customers rely our experience gathered over many years – projects large and small.


Modification – Extension – Modernisation
Quelle: NSB Reederei


Flexible adaptation to new possibilities

26th June 2016 – the widened Panama Canal is opened. From this day on, the old Panamax-class ships are less able to compete with the wider ships that are now able to pass through the most important waterway in the world. Is it always necessary to commission a newbuild in order to stay competitive on this route? This is what shipping company NSB in Buxtehude (Germany) asked themselves three years before the event. Working together with TECHNOLOG, the concept for the first ever widening of a Panamax container ship was drawn up. In 2014, the MSC GENEVA was converted at the HRDD shipyard in Shanghai. In June 2015, the handover took place. From concept design to handover, TECHNOLOG accompanied this ground-breaking project at every stage. Whether looking at the numbers, or the pictures of the conversion, the result is very impressive.
Length overall 275.0 m 283.0 m + 8.0 m Breadth 32.2 m 39.8 m + 6,6 m = 3 additional container rows Draught 13.5 m 13.5 m 0,0 m unchanged Load capacity 65,700 t 81,700 t + 24 % Nominal capacity 4,892 TEU 6,175 TEU + 26 % Loading capacity 14t/TEU 3,109 TEU 4,901 TEU + 58 % Consumption / TEU per nautical 4.6 g 3.7 g - 24 % mile at 19kn average speed
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