Kongsberg to provide design, equipment for two methanol-ready tankers which built in China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Yangzhou) Dingheng

Norwegian equipment provider Kongsberg Maritime has won a contract to supply design, engineering, and equipment for two MGO/biofuel and methanol-ready chemical tankers for Swedish tanker operator Sirius Rederi AB.

As explained, these low-emission 15,000 dwt tanker vessels will feature a range of Kongsberg Maritime equipment and can operate on battery-powered hybrid propulsion. Options for further vessels are included, the company noted.

Specifically, as part of a contract valued at around NOK 100 million (€8.3 million), Kongsberg Maritime will supply steering gear, Promas with flap rudder and CPP, tunnel thruster with Mcon thruster control system, K-Chief integrated automation systems including Vessel Insight, AutoChief propulsion control system and deck machinery. This is in addition to design and engineering services.

“This latest contract for our fuel efficient and low emission tanker design, confirms the continuing drive by progressive ship owners to adopt sustainable technologies into fleet renewals,” Rune Ekornesvåg, Sales Director Ship Design in Kongsberg Maritime, said.

This latest contract builds on a current nine-ship program with fellow Swedish owner Terntank, with a similar design and equipment package. All eleven vessels will be built at the China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Yangzhou) Dingheng.

The NVC 614 CT design features an efficient hull form of Ice Class 1A, with a wave piercing bow and distinct styling of the forecastle deck and forward and aft signal masts to match the design of the rest of the Sirius fleet.

Main propulsion and maneuvering are provided by the efficient Promas propulsion system, which combines a controllable pitch propeller and flap rudder into one propulsion unit, delivering fuel consumption savings of more than 6% when compared to alternative propulsion systems, according to Kongsberg Maritime.

“With Evolution 15K we’re taking another step forward – for our customers, colleagues and the environment. Our new tanker has been designed to provide the highest levels of sustainability, efficiency and safety as well as excellent working conditions,” Jonas Backman, Managing Director of Sirius Rederi AB said.

“Since the yard signed the first 15,000-ton LNG dual-fuel chemical tanker contract with Kongsberg Maritime’s design team in 2014, we have opened the door to the chemical tanker market in Northern Europe, with cutting-edge energy-saving and low-carbon designs such as dual-fuel propulsion, in-line shaft generator, and DC-LINK. This was already an advanced design eight years ago, it was a challenge for China Merchants Jinling Shipyard and Kongsberg Maritime, but we succeeded with our joint efforts,” China Merchants Jinling Shipyard added.

The new vessels are to have an Energy Efficiency Design Index close to 40% below the 2025 Phase 3 requirements.

The first ship for Sirius will be delivered in July 2026.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

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