Germany’s Carsten Rehder has placed an order for up to eight multipurpose shortsea vessels with India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers.

The deal covers four ships, plus four options. The Coral 7500 multipurpose dry cargo vessels have a 400,000 cu ft (11,326 cu m) cargo hold that can be separated by two bulkheads, with its panels potentially used as tweendecks. The vessels have a bridge-forward design, with a flush aft deck and open-top notation, providing flexibility for project cargo activities. 

The vessels will have a diesel-mechanic propulsion system with a shaft generator, as well as a controllable pitch propeller. The ships feature an extra power reserve for ice trade or future battery retrofit. A biofuel setup with an additional bunker station and tank chain will be equipped on delivery. 

Carsten Rehder said that the main engine, supplied by Anglo Belgiana is currently the only class-approved engine type for methanol and hydrogen retrofit within its power segment. “Our appreciation goes out to GRSE, SEDS, AlgoShip and DNV who have all made a tremendous effort for bringing this project alive. Very special thanks go to our technical team at Victoria Marine Ship Management, who have advised us expertly through the design process,” said Carsten Rehder.