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DNV updates LNG fuelled “Quantum” containership concept
A year ago, DNV launched its container ship concept
This concept ship was designed to stir up a debate about
shipping innovation. MAN Diesel and Turbo expressed interest,
and over the past few months the engine manufacturer and the
class society have worked closely together to move the concept
one step nearer to becoming an actual ship.
Now DNV is introducing the new Quantum 9000. This has
been designed to be more efficient and environmentally
friendly than existing ships without introducing major
complications when the ship is to be built or operated. By
introducing a new solution for LNG-fuelled ships, DNV and
MAN Diesel and Turbo are taking the Quantum concept ship
one stroke further. Both the machinery and the hull design and
arrangement have been improved.
One of its major improvements is related to the engine. MAN
Diesel and Turbo has developed a gas-fuelled two-stroke ME-GI
engine. In addition to having dual-fuel engines, Quantum 9000
meets the upcoming ECA requirements. The ship’s energy
efficiency is also better than that of conventional existing
“By making simple modifications, we have achieved high fuel
efficiency, high fuel flexibility and high reliability,” said Lars
Ryberg Juliussen, Senior Manager, MAN Diesel and Turbo. “The
Quantum 9000 introduces LNG to the preferred container ship
propulsion system and thus makes LNG more available to
container ship owners.”
In addition to the use of gas, the engine solution includes
waste heat recovery to improve the energy efficiency and exhaust
gas circulation to reduce the emissions.
A number of other improvements have been made possible by
adopting a twin island arrangement, such as increased cargo
capacity and reduced need for ballast water. The improved
sightline from the bridge should also contribute to increasing
safety during operation.
The ship’s LNG fuel capacity will be similar to that needed to
sail from East Asia to the east coast of the US, without any loss of
In addition to the use of gas, the engine solution includes waste heat recovery to improve the energy efficiency
and exhaust gas circulation to reduce the emissions
The President of Argentina inaugurated
South America’s newest cruise terminal,
Quinquela Martin in Argentina in March.
The new cruise terminal complex,
located in DP World’s Terminales Rio de la
Plata (TRP), is spread over 12,300 square
metres, and has the capacity to handle
600,000 passengers a year. The new cruise
terminal can berth four 300-metre cruise
vessels at the same time.
TRP, located in downtown Buenos
Aires, is the largest container terminal in
Argentina. It also handles general cargo
and cruise vessels.
The terminal services deep-sea vessels
from Europe, Asia and North America, as
well as feeders to both the east and west
coasts of South America and barges
upriver to Rosario.
New four ship cruise terminal opened in Buenos Aires
The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, at the inauguration of Quinquela Martin
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