SeaRoad Signs Off On New EUR100 Million LNG-Powered RoRo Vessel For 2023 

SeaRoad Signs Off On New EUR100 Million LNG-Powered RoRo Vessel For 2023

Australian- based transportation business SeaRoad has actually protected its future development strategy after settling an arrangement with German shipbuilding backyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) to create a brand-new roll-on/ roll-off (RoRo) vessel with LNG propulsion worth greater than 100 million euros.

The brand-new products vessel will certainly sign up with Searoad Mersey II as well as change charter vessel MV Liekut to operate Bass Strait in between Melbourne as well as Devonport, set up for the last quarter of 2023.

Construction on the 210-metre-long vessel will certainly start in late 2021 as well as the ship will certainly include the most recent modern technology, consisting of LNG power, as component of SeaRoad’s dedication to lasting techniques. The vessel will certainly have a capability of 4,227 lane metres as well as ability to carry hefty freight with a device weight of approximately 100 tonnes.


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Executive Chairman of SeaRoad, Chas Kelly, claims the business is constantly progressing to be the costs products service provider throughout Bass Strait.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our logistics solutions for customers and with our investment in this new vessel, the team at SeaRoad is confident in the future of transport between Tasmania and the mainland,” Mr Kelly claims.

“At over 40,000 tonnes gross, this will certainly be the biggest products vessel in SeaRoad’s background, remaining to expand our capability, as well as offering even more alternatives for regional farming, tank farming as well as production sectors.

“We’ve been very pleased with how our two current FSG-built vessels have performed from both an efficiency and operational perspective. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with the German shipyard and their experienced staff.”

Philipp Maracke, Chief Executive Officer of FSG, claims the business was happy to have actually brought business to Flensburg.

“This order by a long-standing customer equals an important vote of confidence in both this new model, as well as our established expertise as an innovative German newbuilding yard. Our aim is to combine superior quality and superior life-cycle value. With this new vessel, FSG and SeaRoad will make an important contribution to sustainable shipping.”

Additionally, SeaRoad has actually spent considerably in framework as well as tools in both Devonport as well as Port Melbourne over the previous 18 months, according to Mr Kelly.


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“We have actually spent greater than $5 million in tools to enhance incurable tasks, acquiring brand-new hefty forklifts, incurable tractors, A-double trailer collections, side loaders, associated prime moving companies as well as our fleet of inflexible vehicles.

“We have also begun a $6 million investment in new technology to streamline and automate our systems and processes. Meanwhile, TasPorts’ East Devonport Port Master Plan will provide the space required for our new vessel,” Mr Kelly claims.

The brand-new construct contract took a year to bargain with boundary constraints calling for SeaRoad as well as FSG to authorize the agreement 16,000 kilometres apart throughout a video clip phone call.

FSG developed Searoad Mersey II, which signed up with the fleet in 2016, as well as created MV Liekut, which signed up with SeaRoad under a three-year charter contract in April 2021.

Liekut vs Searoad Mersey II vs New Vessel Build Snapshot

Length total 209.79 m 182 m 210 m
Breadth, moulded 26.00 m 26.60 m 29.30 m
Draught, scantling 6.40 m 6.30 m 6.35 m
Deadweight 11,100 t 7980 t 12,183 t
Gross Tonnage 32,887 25,490 43,100
Freight decks 4 3 4
Total lane metres 4,076 2,518 4,227
Main engine power 2 x 9,600 kW 2 x 7,200 kW 2 x 10,300 kW
Service rate 21.3 kts 20.5 kts 22.5 kts

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