German bulker giant Oldendorff Carriers has ordered newbuilding bulk carriers with Azipod electric propulsion technology. According to Oldendorff Carriers, electric propulsion concept will reduce the investment costs. Azipod electric propulsion technology has been used on ferries and cruise ships for a long time. However, Oldendorff Carriers has selected electric propulsion technology for two (2) self-unloading bulk carrier newbuildings in China. Two (2) 21K DWT self-unloading bulk carrier newbuildings will be installed electric propulsion at Chengxi Shipyard, China. Two (2) 21K DWT self-unloading bulk carrier newbuildings will be delivered in 2021. Each self-unloading bulk carrier will be installed two 1.9MW Azipod electric propulsion technology by ABB. Each self-unloading bulk carrier was developed by ship design company CS Marine together with Oldendorff Carriers. Azipod electric propulsion system can rotate 360 degrees to increase maneuverability and operating efficiency, as well as maximize cargo space on board of ships. Azipod electric propulsion system has been used on shallow drafted coaster ships and cruise ships.
According to Oldendorff Carriers’ Newbuilding Manager Jan Henneberg, self-unloading bulk carrier newbuildings must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuverable in shallow waters. Oldendorff Carriers is well-known for ordering and operating reliable and environmentally-friendly bulk carriers. Oldendorff Carriers’ fleet consists of 95% eco bulk carriers.