UASC takes delivery of world’s longest vessel





11 May 2015

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has taken delivery of the 18,800 teu Barzan from South Korea's Hyundai Samho shipyard based in Mokpo.

The leviathan vessel now holds the title of world's most environmentally friendly Ultra-Large Container Ship and longest vessel in the world currently in service.

The eco-efficient container vessel has a C02 emission output per teu that is more than 60% below the A.13 (13,500 teu) vessels delivered just three years ago.

The DNV-GL-classed vessel is the first of a batch of six A.18 (18,800 teu) vessels that will set new standards for fuel and energy efficiency due to their optimised vessel design and an array of propulsion and equipment efficiency features. Preliminary calculations indicate an Energy Efficiency Design Index value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit set by the International Maritime Organization.

Barzan was officially named on 29 April, the same day China Shipping delivered its fifth and final 19,000 teu vessel, CSCL Atlantic Ocean, to its East-West liner services.

Barzan will slot into the UASC AEC1 service departing from its first load port of Qingdao on 22 May, with calls at Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Port Kelang, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, and Hamburg.

This new class has an overall length of 400 m, breadth of 58.68 m, depth of 30.6 m, and a draught of 16 m. The vessel is driven by a Hyundai B&W 10590ME-C10.2 main engine developing 50,268 hp, with a service speed of 18 kt westbound and 16 kt eastbound.

The A.18 class vessels can load 10 tiers deep below decks, with up to 11 high on deck with 1,000 reefer slots.

Barzan, which took just six months to build, is named after Qatar's Barzan Towers, which were built in the late 19th century. The vessel has a complement of 22, including nine officers.

Sister vessel Al Muraykh will be delivered at the end of July from Hyundai Samho shipyard, with the final vessel, Thiama, to be delivered in early February 2016 from Hyundai Ulsan shipyard.