ÈTA Shipping takes significant step with Western Baltic Engineering
ÈTA Shipping’s mission, accelerating the energy transition in the short sea shipping sector, is becoming reality. This week ÈTA Shipping and Western Baltic Engineering, a leading marine engineering corporation in Lithuania, have formally started their joint engineering of ÈTA Shipping’s launching project ÈTA 6700. A promising step in the right direction for both companies in achieving their common goal: making shipping more sustainable.
Mutual beneficiary cooperation
ÈTA Shipping has been in search of an independent marine engineering company that had the capability, vision and skills to engineer the ÈTA 6700 vessel.
Sam Gombra, CEO at ÈTA Shipping, explains why it was a quick decision to partner up: “Western Baltic Engineering has broad experience and facilities. We found common ground in the same vision: making sustainable shipping a reality. We’re really content to be able to realize our vision with them, as this cooperation will contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition in the short sea shipping sector”.
Marius Arkušauskas, Director of Western Baltic Engineering, is also really happy with the cooperation: “We strongly believe in ÈTA Shipping’s chosen concept of future shipping and we are very happy being part of it. The ÈTA Shipping project is in line with the direction of Western Baltic Engineering’s strategy to participate in innovative, green projects”.
New way of shipping
The ÈTA 6700 is a highly efficient modular vessel which is designed for the European coastal trade. The vessels are capable of changing power generation and power storage in an efficient and effective way without downtime. This enables the vessel to adapt easily to future and emission free fuels. The modular design also allows partial change or add-on power generation which make the ships suitable for testing new technologies in a maritime environment.
Walter van Gruijthuijsen, CTO at ÈTA Shipping, says: “We were looking for a partner that had the facilities and capacity to engineer the ÈTA 6700 in such a detailed way that it also can be used for the operational management of the ships. An exact digital copy, so to say. Western Baltic Engineering will create our 3D model to the smallest detail. This 3D model will form the basis of a unique, innovative technical management tool. Traditionally there are a lot of management programs aboard of a ship, but we’re going to visualise them all within this intuitive 3D interface, so you can graphically see the actual data of the equipment. This offers a lot of opportunities in terms of personnel and their level of training.”
The first six vessels will be chartered by ForestWave Navigation/Schulte & Bruns. ForestWave is active in the multi-purpose shortsea segment. Their vessels are operated mainly in European waters and the Atlantic Basin. To meet the ambitious goals of long-term customers to have zero emission shipping available as soon as 2030, ForestWave and ÈTA Shipping have agreed on long term charter for six ÈTA 6700 vessels. This unusual commitment of ForestWave enables the transition of the short sea sector and contributes significantly to the realization of the project. This unusual commitment of ForestWave enables the transition of the short sea sector and contributes significantly to the realization of the project.
Source: ÈTA Shipping