ÈTA Shipping and Mercuria have formed a partnership to develop a fleet of shortsea bulk carriers that can be easily adapted to new fuels and technologies. The vessels will initially be diesel electric, but will have containerised gensets on deck, allowing for easy conversion to alternative fuels. The aim is for the ships to have a 40-year lifespan, gradually reducing greenhouse gas emissions until they become zero-emission vessels. The joint venture plans to construct six initial vessels, with the option for another 10, all built by Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering. The first vessel is expected to embark on its maiden voyage in the second half of 2025. This investment provides Mercuria with a platform to transition to zero carbon as new technologies become commercially available.
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