SMC News

Keel Laying of 174k LNG carrier at SHI

SMC is pleased to announce Keel Laying of 174,000 m3 LNG carrier, Hull No. SN 2319 at Samsung Heavy Industries, Korea. This is the last vessel of 174,000 m3 LNG ordered by Jupiter 3 Limited.

The vessel will be classed by BV and built to Republic of Liberia flag requirements. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled on 31st March 2022.

Launching of 113k DWT tanker at COSCO Zhoushan

SMC is pleased to announce Launching of 113,000 DWT crude oil tanker, Hull No. N756 at COSCO Zhoushan, China. This is the second unit 113,000 DWT crude oil tanker ordered by Union maritime, UK.

The vessel will be classed by LR and built to Marshal Island flag requirements. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for 26th August 2021

Steel Cutting of 174k LNG carrier at HHI

SMC is pleased to announce Steel Cutting of 174,000 m3 LNG carrier, Hull No. H3187 at Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea. This is the first in a series of 4 x 174,000 m3 LNG carriers ordered by Global Meridian.

The vessel will be classed by DNV and built to Liberian flag requirements, scheduled to be delivered on 30th November 2022.

Marine Link’s interview with SMC Managing Director Krzysztof Kozdron

SMC’s Managing Director, Mr. Krzysztof Kozdron was interviewed by Marine Link’s Greg Trauthwein:

Facing Maritime’s Challenges, SMC’s Kozdron reasons “That’s why we are here: Engineers.”

Based in Shanghai, Krzysztof Kozdron – or “KK” as he’s known to many of his Chinese colleagues, clients and friends – is the Managing Director of Schulte Marine Concept (SMC). As SMC passes a milestone in ship construction project management, Kozdron shares his insights on shipbuilding and repair activities throughout Asia.

Starting in 1973 to today, Schulte Marine Concept has managed 600 ship construction, repair & conversion projects, starting with its own vessels and evolving into a company today that manages the majority of its projects for third-party clients. The list of projects managed by SMC is both long and broad. While Kozdron says with a laugh “I haven’t been around that long, but We have a global presence, building ships starting from East to West. That ‘600’ includes virtually each and every type of vessel, because we are not dedicated to any one particular type or class.”

Today, despite the impact of COVID-19, SMC has 91 vessels under construction in Korea, China and also in Europe. “It’s quite interesting that after many years we managed to get back to Europe,” said Kozdron. “It’s good to be back home.”

Full Speed Ahead

Despite the impacts of COVID-19 globally, Kozdron said that in Asia, “today, shipyards are working at full speed,” noting that most of the inconvenience comes from clients and ship managers trying to come over to take delivery of the vessel. At the outset of the pandemic completing contracts, which traditionally were done face-to-face, was a struggle, but said that clients have generally settled into a comfort zone in conducting contract negotiations and signings via video conference. “The first few contracts were challenging, but today it is a comfortable and efficient,” said Kozdron. “COVID has had no adverse effects on the shipbuilding capability and capacity here in Asia.”

While traditional business drivers in the newbuild sector – economic interest and investment opportunity – are still a bit fuzzy as COVID lingers, Kozdron sees emerging drivers that should keep shipyards busy.

“What is interesting are the new trading routes, particularly the Northern corridor, that is creating new opportunities for the shipowners and shipyards with the demand for new vessel concepts and type,” said Kozdron. In addition to new routes, new cargos – such as the growth of ethane – are driving innovation and investment in new ships and ship technology. “The LNG bunkering sector (too) is a completely new type of the vessel being driven by environmental consciousness and awareness.”

Looking ahead, he reasons that newbuild demand will have to ramp up substantially, driven by a historically low newbuild orderbook premised on economic uncertainty over the past 12 months, and the transition to new fuels and technologies designed to dramatically reduce ship emissions. “Maybe not today, but in the future” new shipbuilding demand will return with a vigor.

Energy Conversion as a Driver

While much focus today in maritime is on alternate fuels and ‘fuels of the future,’ Kozdron sees the fuel transition through a different lens, particularly when it comes to ship conversions. “Imagine a place that requires electrical power, but there’s no power plant in the vicinity: What do you do? You convert a ship into a floating power plant.” He said the proliferation of fuel changes to shore-based power plants – from oil to natural gas for example, are also helping to drive the FSRU conversion market today.

“(Converting a power plant) from fuel oil to natural gas is relatively simple work,” said Kozdron. “What’s more difficult is to find the gas that you can feed the power pump. So what is happening is that a lot of FSRU conversion projects are popping up and they are creating a temporary patch until the pipeline to supply the gas is installed.”

Opting for a conversion versus a newbuild in these and other instances usually boils down to mathematics, but not necessarily in regards to CapEx, Kozdron said. “If you look at the CapEx, of course a conversion would be cheaper than a new build. But it’s not all CapEx. It’s the shorter delivery date,” he said. “A new building can last 24 to 30 months while a conversion, if properly prepared and executed, can be completed in six to 12 months, giving you the advantage of a shorter delivery date.”

That said, the alternative fuel discussion and decision will be a driving force for shipowners now and in the coming decades.

“A big challenge for the owners to develop a new building project today is driven by the demands of making vessels more environment-friendly, which brings us to alternative fuels and available technology,” said Kozdron. “On the fuels, unfortunately we don’t have too many alternatives (today). We talk about LNG, LPG, ammonia and methanol. The difficulty is their availability. While we can get (alternative fuels) easily in the major shipping hubs, vessels are not always privileged with sailing from Singapore to Shanghai or to Hong Kong,” where in remote places availability of these (alternative) fuels is problematic.

The ‘chicken and the egg’ scenario regarding fuel transition and fuel availability has been ongoing for years. But there remain technical and logistics hurdles, too.

“Once you decide (on an alternate fuel) you need to have equipment, machinery capable of being operated on these fuels. The technology is (still) lagging behind.” He said while the LNG tech and logistics have arrived, he noted “we are almost there with LPG, however, methane and ammonia are still in their infancy.”

“There’s always a certain level of risk involved in stepping into technology that is not yet mature and proven, especially in marine applications,” said Kozdron, noting while there is nothing new to operating engines on methanol, the challenges of doing so efficiently, effectively in the marine environment “is a completely different situation, a challenges.”

Finally, while the alternate fuel discussion is a big on, it is far from the only engineering challenge facing ship owners today. “Driven by environmental expectations is overall energy efficiency of the vessel,” said Kozdron. “Put simply, vessel are supposed to burn less fuel and carry more cargo. So it’s an ongoing challenge for designers to make vessel more efficient from the hydrodynamic perspective. There’s a challenge for equipment makers, too. So the list of challenges is quite long, but, that’s why we are here: Engineers.”

SMC ‘By the Numbers’

  • 600Number of shipbuilding and repair projects S.M.C. has managed since 1973
  • 80/20+/119S.M.C. has worked in more than 80 shipyards 119 clients.
  • $500K to $800MThe range of project size managed, from a ferry boat ($500k) to an FPSO ($800M)

Steel Cutting of 75,000 DWT bulk carrier at DYS

SMC is pleased to announce Steel Cutting of 75,000 DWT bulk carrier, Hull No. DY4104 at Yangzhou New Dayang Shipbuilding, China. This is the second vessel in a series of two vessels ordered by Taizhou Gia Shipping, China.

The vessel will be classed by CCS and built to Chinese flag requirement, scheduled to be delivered on 16th March 2022.

Steel cutting of 2,400 TEU container vessel at New Yangzi

SMC is pleased to announce Steel Cutting of 2,400 TEU container vessel, Hull No. N2002 at New Yangzi shipyard, China. This is the second vessel in a series of four vessels ordered by SITC International Holdings, China.

The vessel will be classed by DNV-GL and built to Hongkong flag requirements, scheduled to be delivered on 24th February 2022.

Steel Cutting of 119.9K DWT tanker at GSI

SMC is pleased to announce the Steel Cutting of 119,900 DWT crude/product oil tanker, Hull No. 20110005 at GSI, China. This is the second vessel in series of eight vessels ordered by Bank of Communications Financial leasing.

The vessel will be classed by DNV and built to Marshall Islands flag requirements. Scheduled to be delivered on 31st March 2022.

Keel Laying of 110K DWT tanker at NTS

SMC is pleased to announce Keel Laying of 2 x 110,000 DWT crude /product oil tankers, Hull No. 0311109/10 in New Times Shipyard, China. These two vessels being simultaneously built for Bihar International, Jeddah, KSA.

Both vessels will be classed by ABS and built to Liberian Flag requirements. Deliveries are scheduled on 30th September 2021 & 15th October 2021.

Keel Laying of 50K DWT tanker vessel at NTS

SMC is pleased to announce Keel Laying of 2 x 50,000 DWT product oil /chemical tankers, Hull No. 04050004/05 in New Times Shipbuilding, China. These vessels are being simultaneously built for Bihar International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Both vessels will be classed by ABS & built to Liberian Flag requirements. Deliveries are scheduled on 31st September 2021 & 15th October 2021

Delivery of FDD28K at CSSC Xingang

SMC is pleased to announce Delivery of one unit 28,000 LT floating dry dock at CSSC Xingang Shipyard, China for dry tow to Turkey. The FDD was built to CCS rules requirements and purchased by Turkish Owner Ozata Shipyard, leaded by General Manager Mr Kerim Arabacioglu, in 2020.

Prior to dry tow the FDD disassembled by cutting into three pieces and the two end sections placed and secured on middle section. It will be assembled in water as per the Owner’s design upon arrival to Turkey after about one month journey from China to Turkey.

The FDD will be classed by RINA after completion of erection and commissioning works in Turkey.