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UHL’s Adds IMO Tier III-Ready MPV Ship

[ February 21, 2024   //   ]

United Heavy Lift’s latest addition to its fleet, the multipurpose heavy-lift vessel UHL Fresh, has begun its maiden voyage, carrying project cargo from Tianjin in China to Vaasa in Finland.
Delivered to UHL on Jan. 24, It is the 18th vessel in the Hamburg-headquartered operator’s F900 Eco-Lifter fleet, and enters service less than a year after keel laying at the Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai.
The vessel, equipped with two cranes with combined lifting capacity of 900 tons, is expected to call at the port of discharge in Vaasa, Finland, by the end of March. The technical manager of the vessel is Zeaborn Ship Management.
“United Heavy Lift is continuing on the path towards an ever-growing environmental awareness in the entire shipping business,” said Andreas Rolner, UHL’s managing director.
The fleet benefits large companies’ focus on creating more ESG-compliant transport chains. The Eco-Lifter fleet averages three years old, and employs the emissions trading systems ETS, which directly benefits UHL’s customers, Rolner said. “Compared to a 20-year-old MPP heavy-lifter, for example, the CO2 levy for a newbuild like the UHL Fresh is only half the price.”
The ship features high and low-pressure selective reduction catalysts to meet IMO Tier III requirements. According to the international standard, up to 95 percent of the vessel’s NOX emissions will be washed out, while diesel particles will be burnt off in the catalyses. With bunker consumption of 7 tonnes/9 knots, 10 tonnes/12 knots, and 21 tonnes/15 knots, the Eco-Lifter’s low fuel consumption stands out in comparison to similar vessels. Its carbon footprint is 30 percent to 50 percent less compared to existing heavy-lift vessels in the market, and the new ship is also designed to run on biodiesel, making the operation of its main engine carbon neutral.
UHL expects the 19th vessel the Eco-Lifter series, UHL Fable, to be delivered by Hudong Shipyard later this year.

The heavy-lift vessel UHL Fresh was delivered on Jan. 24. PHOTO: United Heavy Lift