United Heavy Lift expands environmentally friendly fleet with latest newbuild

The latest addition to the United Heavy Lift fleet, MV UHL FRESH, has set sail on her maiden voyage from Tianjin, China to Europe with project cargo onboard after being officially delivered to the shipping company on January 24th, 2024.

The vessel (IMO No. 9972505) has been put into service less than a year after the keel laying at the Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai, where she was christened in late 2023. Final sea trials were completed last month by a designated United Heavy Lift bridge crew led by German captain Sven Ellerbrock and First Officer Pit Awe. MV UHL FRESH joins the Hamburg-based shipping company as vessel no. 18 in its homogenous F900 Eco-Lifter fleet. The vessel is set to make her call at the port of discharge in Vaasa, Finland by the end of March. The technical manager of the vessel will be Zeaborn Ship Management.

In line with United Heavy Lift’s commitment to sustainable maritime practices, the state-of-the-art MPP heavy lift vessel features a main engine which is IMO Tier III-certified. According to the international standard, up to 95% of the vessel’s NOX emissions will be washed out, while diesel particles will be burnt off in the catalyst. With bunker consumption of 7 tonnes/9 knots, 10 tonnes/12 knots, and 21 tonnes/15 knots the Eco-Lifter’s low fuel consumption stands out in comparison to similar vessels. As the newest member of an already young fleet, MV UHL FRESH is also able to run on biodiesel, which makes the operation of its main engine carbon neutral.

“United Heavy Lift is continuing on the path towards an ever-growing environmental awareness in the entire shipping business,” said UHL Managing Director Andreas Rolner. “As a service provider we form an important link in the transport chain of large companies, whose focus is shifting towards ESG-compliant solutions. Our average fleet age of approximately three years is a great advantage within the emissions trading systems ETS and directly benefits our customers: compared to a 20-year-old MPP Heavy Lifter, for example, the CO2 levy for a newbuild like the MV UHL FRESH is only half the price.”

Operating globally, United Heavy Lift has attuned its fleet expansion and renewal to the prospects of the growing market for eco-friendly breakbulk and heavy lift sea transportation. The company is expecting another newbuilding to be named MV UHL FABLE as vessel no. 19 from Hudong Shipyard later in 2024.