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Høvik: Quantum is the name of a new container ship concept introduced by DNV. The new concept is based on both technical and market research and innovation and is designed to transport more cargo while using less fuel and with a reduced environmental impact.

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Illustration of the new container ship concept Quantum
Tor Svensen, president of DNV

In the future of the shipping industry in general and the container ship segment in particular, uncertainties will remain as a challenge while flexibility will be a key to prospective success.

The new container ship concept is designed to meet the perceived market needs. It has a design speed of 21 knots, but can operate efficiently at speeds between less than 10 knots and more than 22 knots. A beam of 42.5 metres gives it good stability while its novel 49.0-metre Widedeck design increases its container capacity. To mention some more examples from a long list of innovative solutions, the need for ballast water is minimized and LNG is introduced as part of the ship’s fuel.

“Even if it would be possible to realise the Quantum within three to five years, this is a concept ship designed to stir up a debate about shipping innovation. All the aspects of the concept design is unlikely to appear in a single ship, but certain aspects will be taken further on a case by case basis. I am convinced of this,” says Tor Svensen, the president and chief operating officer of DNV. He refers to the automotive industry, which has long traditions of introducing new concepts as a lodestar for the future development of new cars.

Mr Svensen adds: “We all know that the shipping industry is facing tough times. But now is the time for innovation and a focus on new solutions. DNV has a strong technical and financial platform. This platform is to be used to solve problems we all are facing, especially the environmental challenges.”

If Quantum as it is designed was realised, it would be a 272.3-metre-long ship. Its beam would be 42.5 metres at the water line and 6.5 metre wider than this at deck level. Its total container capacity would be 6,210 TEU.

Through the market research conducted ahead of this project, Alphaliner, a provider of shipping market intelligence, concluded: “Ships in the 5,500 TEU region may become the new workhorse of this industry.”

An extended presentation of the new container ship concept is published today and can be studied by following the URL link.


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