Dutch inland shipping yard Concordia Damen has been commissioned to build and equip an inland shipping tanker of the Parsifal type for Quinto Scheepvaart BV from Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. For Quinto, this also marks the switch, after 25 years, from container to tanker shipping.

Quinto Scheepvaart has opted for a tanker of the Parsifal type. This new generation of mineral (oil and light chemicals) tankers was developed by Concordia Damen itself and several are already operational. This type of tanker measures 110 x 11.45 metres and has a large carrying capacity at a very shallow draught (2875 tonnes at 3.25 metres).

According to the shipyard, the efficient hull shape creates an optimal “speed-power curve”. After all, the ship reaches a high speed with relatively low power: more than 22 km per hour with 2 x 500 kW engines.

The stern side installation will be split into two “houses”; a house for the family and a house for the crew. In addition, the design is adapted on a number of points to the specific wishes of the owner. CCM3, part of Concordia Damen Shipbuilding, was chosen for the installation and finishing of the vessel.

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Switch to tanker market

‘We had been planning to go into tanker shipping for some time,’ says inland navigation entrepreneur Luit Nanninga of Quinto. ‘We came to Werkendam for repairs and were interested in the Parsifal tankers. After a conversation with managing director Chris Kornet, we visited the shipyard and viewed the ships. What particularly appealed to us was that this type was designed in such a way that it combines low resistance and a shallow draught with a large cargo capacity. This makes the ship more efficient and the transport per tonne also more environmentally friendly.’

He adds: ‘Another advantage is that smaller propellers can be used, which is very useful when the river is low – something happening quite a lot these days. We quickly came to the conclusion that this barge was a good fit for us. Both my sons then went on a trial run, after which we decided to make a contract for construction and finishing. Of course, we have a number of specific wishes and we have had good discussions about them. Concordia Damen nicely picked up on our wishes and adapted their basic design accordingly.’

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Delivery within a year

Parsifal inland tankers are designed in such a way that the type of propulsion per ship can be adapted to the wishes of the customer: diesel-electric, diesel-direct or LNG-electric. That also happened here. The ship, with its home port of Zwijndrecht, near Rotterdam, will sail with Caterpillar engines and is Stage V compliant. The tanker is expected to be delivered within a year, in December 2023.

Bert Duijzer, Technical Manager at Concordia Damen: ‘Quinto Scheepvaart is a new customer for us. It is also further proof for us that we made the right choice at the right time to build some of our proven designs for stock. In addition to a number of dry cargo vessels that we are building for stock, this tanker was already under construction, which means we can shorten the delivery time by months. That availability played an important role in the purchase, but for Quinto it was about the overall picture. Think of the combination of the proven Parsifal Tanker design, lead time, working method, quality and performance.’

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