Aasen Shipping back at Royal Bodewes for three hybrid methanol-ready bulkers

Netherlands-based shipyard Royal Bodewes on Friday (3 November) said Aasen Shipping has ordered three new hybrid powered methanol-ready self-dischargers. Delivery of the vessels is set for December 2025, April 2026 and September 2026.

The order of three new hybrid powered methanol-ready self-dischargers followed after Royal Bodewes successfully built Aasfjell and Aasfoss which were delivered in 2021 and 2022.

The three new vessels ordered are 120 meters long and can use methanol/ethanol as marine fuel. The ships will have a similar design as the previous new buildings built for Aasen Shipping, however with some upgrades.

They will feature a large battery pack, which will enable peak shaving for both main engine and auxiliary engine. The cargo handling machine will be electric, which will again reduce noise and emissions. In ports where shore power is available, these ships can both self-load and self-discharge completely free of emissions.

The combination of a modern hull, battery pack and variable frequency drive, reduces emissions and fuel consumption to a much lower level than any comparable ships in the market.

The ships will hold class notation Methyl/Ethyl alcohol fueled ready. Once green methanol is available, these ships can easily be rebuilt to consume green methanol. In that case the ships can operate completely emission-free, both in port and at sea.

To become emission-free is the biggest challenge of our generation. These ships are our and Aasen Shipping’s response to this challenge. Our joint goal is to utilize the technology available to become emission-free. These ships will cut emissions, reduce fuel costs, and also keep carbon-costs to a minimum.

asen Shipping is a family-owned company based in Mosterhamn, Norway. The company was established by captain-owner Hans Martin Torkelsen in 1981. Today the company owns and operates
nine self-discharging bulk carriers, ranging from 6.000 to 9.500 DWAT tons.

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