The Future-Proof CONOSHIP General Cargo Vessel

Conoship developed an innovative future-proof and environmentally friendly 3600 dwt general cargo vessel to serve in sea-river operations.

Conoship International Projects (CIP) developed an innovative general cargo vessel. The future-proof and environmentally friendly 3600 dwt ship, will serve in sea-river operations. Hence, it marks the new standard for low-air draught sea-river coasters.  Note that the first series of 6 of these diesel-electric propulsion cargo vessels will be constructed at Fosen Yard Emden, Germany.

New standard sea-river coaster

Additionally, there is a well thought out diesel-electric propulsion system, an enlarged propeller in combination with a ConoDuctTail® and optimised hull lines. Therefore, its fuel consumption will be best in class, especially in wind and waves. Nevertheless, to further improve its performance, the design is ready for wind-assisted propulsion. Thus, it will facilitate 2 Econowind VentiFoils®, which can reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 10%, depending on the sailing route.

Future-proof design

The design is highly future-proof. Particularly, the EEDI of the vessel as calculated as a diesel-driven vessel is already below the phase 3 requirements. Furthermore, a switch of fuel type to future alternatives such as liquid hydrogen or ammonia is viable by smart arrangement design. Hence, the requirements of future fuels have been taken into account from the beginning of the conceptual design process.

Main Particulars
Length overall88.00 m
Breadth moulded13.20 m
Draught design4.30 m
Draught maximum5.00 m
Deadweight @ T = 5.00 m3,640 t
Hold volume180,105 cu.ft
Service Speed10.00 kn

Attained EEDI abt. 35% below phase 3 requirements.


Due to production-friendly construction principles, optimised logistics and increased series effects, the construction of these vessels is possible to complete competitively at a variety of shipyards in North Western Europe.

We are very proud that this ultra-fuel-efficient cargo vessel is developed according to our philosophy to build in series in the North of Europe”

Maarten Sickler, Director of Conoship International Projects

“The order is intended to become a flagship project and attract other similar projects to the region. Since 2019 we want to re-establish shipbuilding in Germany, at least in certain segments with Fosen Yard Emden GmbH, as a member of the Fosen Group. The yard in Emden is located on an area with over 550.000 m2 and has a long tradition of building various types of vessels. Its 100 employees enable it to build high quality at competitive prices.

Carsten Stellamanns, managing director of Fosen Yard Emden

The construction of this first series of 6 cargo vessels is planned for spring 2022, while the entire series is expected to be delivered in 2023.


See also: Wind Propulsion Kite system