Ferus Smit launched the Symphony Atlantic on Friday, 18 November in Leer, the Netherlands. It is the first vessel in a series of two that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The new Ecobox XL design has its focus on loading extra long items, such as wind turbine blades.

These vessels are an evolution of the successful Ecobox and Ecobox DP series that the yard already delivered to Symphony over the recent years.

Ferus Smit lengthened the original Ecobox design by more than 21 metres, extending its box shaped hold to more than 100 metres in length on the tanktop, and 112 metres above the movable tweendeck level. The new ships are 18 metres wide, enhancing the cargo deadweight further, and maintaining the flexibility of loading while keeping a very low resistance on both flat water and in waves.

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Reduced EEDI

In addition to being able to load extra long items, the vessel maintains its good capabilities as a general cargo ship. The modifications in design and systems are also aimed to further enhance its “green” performance with a reduction of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) score to a new class reference standard.

Fuel consumption is further reduced by integrating a novel ORC waste heat generator in the propulsion system. This system further consists of a 3300-kW main engine driving a nozzled controllable pitch propeller running in fully automatic combinator mode. The fuel system will also be suitable for bio blend fuels.

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Ecobox XL characteristics

The characteristics of the new Ecobox XL ships are as follows:

  • Maximum loading capacity: about 12.500 DWT.
  • Large floor space for project cargoes, including completely movable tween deck, cargo length 100 metres on tanktop and 112 metres on tweendecks.
  • Two 85-tonne cargo cranes.
  • Open top notation.
  • Ice class 1A.
  • The deckhouse is placed on the fore ship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling to load oversized items over the stern.
  • The Ferus Smit bulbless Canoe type bow is designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed with excellent seakeeping behaviour in harsh weather and sea state conditions.
  • Tier III, Green Passport.
  • ORC waste heat generator installed for further reduction of fuel consumption and ultra low EEDI.

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