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E.R. Schiffahrt receives the new DNV GL “Modification Excellence Award”

Classification society DNV GL recognised that E.R. Schiffahrt has retrofitted seven ultra large container vessels to meet the highest energy efficiency standards and improve its cargo capacity through the DNV GL Modification Excellence Award. Jörg Lampe, Senior Project Engineer Risk & Safety and Systems Engineering at DNV GL, presented the award to Jürgen Kudritzki, Technical Director at E.R. Schiffahrt, in Hamburg. The German shipping company is the first to receive this award.

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Jörg Lampe (Right), Senior Project Engineer Risk & Safety and Systems Engineering at DNV GL, presented the award to Jürgen Kudritzki (Left), Technical Director at E.R. Schiffahrt, in Hamburg.

“E.R. Schiffahrt has made a sustained and intensive commitment to increasing the efficiency of its operations. Our analysis shows these ships use 15 per cent less energy – resulting in annual savings of approximately 3.8 Million USD”, said Jörg Lampe. E.R. Schiffahrt performed modifications on seven 13,100 TEU vessels – the eighth ship will be finished shortly. The changes include new bulbous bows, energy efficient propellers, engine modifications and cargo boosting. In addition to implementing the Route Specific Container Stowage notation (RSCS), the ships’ draft was increased by 0.5m – resulting in an increased deadweight of 7,591t, which is equivalent to 542 TEU at 14t for each of the vessels.

DNV GL evaluated the vessels’ energy efficiency by using CFD calculation results, test reports and technical documentation to determine fuel and power savings for a given operational profile. This data was cross-checked with information gathered over a representative period before and after the retrofit.

"We are delighted about this award, since it confirms that we have followed the right path with our retrofit concept. It ensures higher efficiency, more business per vessel at greater flexibility and helps to significantly reduce slot costs”, said Jürgen Kudritzki.

About E.R. Schiffahrt

E.R. Schiffahrt is a maritime services provider and one of the largest charter companies for container ships and bulk carriers in Germany. Currently it controls more than 100 vessels in service. The company was established in 1998 by Erck Rickmers and employs around 3,500 people on land and at sea. DNV GL awarded E.R. Schiffahrt with its ‘DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars’ certificate for its exceptional safety, environmental and quality standards. In 2012, E.R. Schiffahrt was the first German shipping company to become a member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to promote sustainable development. The company E.R. Offshore was founded in 2006 and manages 13 special vessels for offshore oil and gas production as well as for building and supplying offshore wind farms. Its ships are deployed around the world.

About DNV GL

Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance services along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.