UHL orders two more F900 Eco-Lifters at CSSC
United Heavy Lift (UHL) has continued its push to modernise its fleet and stay aligned with its newly developed ESG strategy with a new order for Eco-Lifter newbuilds. The order for additional two F900x Eco-Lifter newbuilds has been places at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China.
“One of our goals is to reduce emissions from our own operations and help our clients achieve their decarbonisation goals. Sustainability is an integral part of how UHL operates. Key to this change is to build and maintain one of the most modern and fuel-efficient MPP heavy lift fleets in the market. We are phasing out all UHL 800 P-type vessels and replacing them with fuel-efficient modern tonnage. Our vision is to become a sustainability leader in the heavy lift industry.” says Andreas Rolner, managing director of United Heavy Lift.
Between 2019 and 2022, UHL took delivery of seventeen F900 Eco-Lifters newbuilds, with the last one, UHL Fighter being delivered in December last year. The seventeenth vessel in the list, UHL Felicity’s delivery has been delayed due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions in China.
UHL prides itself on operating one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient MPP heavy lift fleets on the market with lifting capacities of up to 900 mtons. With a fleet of over 20 vessels, UHL has relatively full order books the coming years.
The new and enhanced F900 Eco-Lifter class features high- and low-pressure SCR catalysts to meet IMO Tier III requirements. With minimised CO2 emissions, the vessel class exceeds latest EEDI benchmarks.
The two F900x Eco-Lifter newbuilds, to be named UHL Fresh and UHL Fable will be delivered at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China during the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024, repsectively.
Once the Eco-Lifter newbuild program is completed, UHL will service its clients with a fleet of nineteen F900 Eco-Lifter vessels, representing the most modern, fuel-efficient, and homogeneous heavy lift fleet in the market. “The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30-50 percent less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market.” states Lars Bonnesen, managing director of UHL.
Through the engineering arm of the United Group, United Engineering Solutions, UHL has access to a team of over 30 naval architects, marine engineers, and port captains, who provide a range of sophisticated technical transport solutions.