Watch: Auerbach’s Next Generation Of Project Cargo Ships

In close collaboration with the two shipowners Briese and Krey in Leer/Germany, Auerbach Schifffahrt has been working in partnership since early 2012 on developing the next generation of project cargo ships that offer maximum efficiency. In addition to the optimisation of the ship’s hull lines, the entire propulsion and energy system including the main engine, propeller and rudder design have been overhauled. The goal: to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible.

Auerbach Schifffahrt also place particular emphasis on flexibility and speed during port operations, that is, when loading and transporting cargo. The result: an optimised cargo hold design featuring tank tops, tween decks and hatch covers with maximum load bearing capacities as well as the decision to use modern computer-controlled cranes. At the same time, they rely on high-quality structural components with a clear focus on European manufacturers. The results from the towing/tank test speak for themselves. The first units from the F-500 series have been ordered and will be built at experienced Chinese shipyards in the months to come.


  • Individual optimization of the hull lines in cooperation with DNV GL´s FutureShip and the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA).
  • Selection of a 2-stroke main engine with an ultra-long stroke and fixed pitch propeller with the greatest possible diameter
  • Installation of a power management system for monitoring and controlling heat consumers
  • Implementation of a performance monitoring system for optimal networking between ship and shore for joint voyage planning


  • Long cargo hatch (76.5m x 17.6m) and box-shaped cargo hold
  • High permissible load for the tank top (25t/m2)
  • Flexible height-adjustable tween decks
  • Optimised deck area through the installation of side cargo rails


  • Installation of Liebherr cranes with a hoisting capacity of 2x 250 tonnes
  • Optimised handling of bulk goods with integrated 45-ton auxiliary hoist
  • Hatch system with full automatic folding covers and only two pontoon covers
  • Combined lifting capacity of 500 tonnes (stability pontoon not required)


  • Very experienced shipyards and shipping companies as project partners
  • Numerous components are manufactured by German and European manufacturers
  • EEDI value (Energy Efficiency Design Index) significantly below the limits required from 2025
  • Improvement of the living quarters and common areas for the seamen

Reference: Auerbach Schifffahrt on Vimeo.

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