Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has won an order for building and delivery of four 7000-DWT diesel-electric multi-purpose dry cargo vessels for Vertom. The keel laying took place at the yard in Kampen, the Netherlands, on 29 October with delivery of the vessels expected in 2022 and 2023.

The Labrax 7000-DWT cargo vessels are especially developed to the shipping company’s requirements for providing tailor-made shipping solutions. During detail engineering, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) optimisation of the hull design has been performed for a fuel-efficient speed-power performance powered by a future-proof modular electric propulsion system. The completely box-shaped holds ensure maximum loading flexibility and cargo intake.

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The four vessels, with a length of 118.60 metres and breadth of 14.30 metres, will be developed and constructed at Thecla Bodewes’ shipyard in Kampen, the Netherlands, in collaboration with experienced Dutch partners.

Keel laying

During a festive ceremony in Kampen on Friday 29th of October, the start of this extensive project was marked by celebration of the keel laying of the four ships.

‘We are proud to have been awarded the trust by Vertom for these exciting projects,’ says CEO Thecla Bodewes. ‘This order shows that Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has firmly established itself as a reputable partner for the design, development and construction of such innovative vessels and we look forward to building what we hope will be a long-term partnership with Vertom by continuing our successful cooperation in the development of these and other exciting projects.’

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