In a momentous development, Kongsberg Maritime has garnered Approval in Principle from renowned classification society DNV for its groundbreaking next-generation 2000 TEU container feeder vessel design. Named 'Cobalt Blue,' this extraordinary design for the container feeder market introduces a host of innovative features. With an open-top deck, forward deckhouse, and a modular structure, the vessel offers unparalleled versatility, ensuring seamless upgrades and fuel transitions throughout its operational life.Developed in collaboration with Deltamarin, the 'Cobalt Blue' design seeks to provide ship owners with a future-proof vessel that not only delivers enhanced efficiency but also embraces sustainability, preparing the sector for imminent advancements such as the adoption of alternative fuels to meet stringent emissions requirements.Oskar Levander, Kongsberg Maritime's Senior Vice President for Business Concepts, expressed his delight at receiving Approval in Principle for this trailblazing design that presents ship owners with a truly future-proof solution in the container feeder market. The independent assessment of the 'Cobalt Blue' design concept reaffirmed its feasibility and showcased no significant obstacles in bringing this visionary vessel to fruition.Given its modular design, the 'Cobalt Blue' vessel can be equipped with a dual-fuel main engine, allowing for the utilization of LNG or diesel fuels. Moreover, it possesses the remarkable capability to transition to low carbon fuels such as biogas, synthetic methane, or even ammonia, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Oskar Levander further emphasized, "Furthermore, the vessel can seamlessly transition to green ammonia fuel with minimal conversion requirements, enabling zero carbon operation. By accommodating additional tanks for alternative fuels and incorporating battery containers, the vessel can facilitate emission-free operation in close proximity to ports."The absence of heavy cargo hatches, coupled with the inclusion of a forward deckhouse, ensures optimal protection for the cargo, shielding it from the impact of green water on the ship.