After almost ten years since its keel laying, the Caranx 11.500-DWT multi-purpose vessel, now named Vertom Joy, is finally close to entering into service. The vessel left Thecla Bodewes Shipyards on Tuesday, 28 March, on its way to Amsterdam for final underwater inspections before undertaking sea trials.

After an extensive sea trial programme in the North Sea, the Vertom Joy will commence its maiden voyage to China to pick up its giant 2pcs 80-tonne deck gear and to receive its final hull paint job.

The MPV Vertom Joy measures 128.26-metres in length overall and has a beam of 17.80 metres. The cargo hold has a capacity of 512.000 cuft. The vessel is fitted with a state-of-the-art diesel-electric propulsion system, including battery bank, featuring Wärtsila generatorsets and Schottel propulsion pods.

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Three bankruptcies

The keel laying of this vessel took place as early as October 2013 at Peter Shipyards in Kampen, the Netherlands. When this yard went bankrupt in 2014, Barkmeijer Stroobos was supposed to be the yard to finish the vessel for Croatian company Brodotrogir, but more bankruptcies followed. First Barkmeijer Stroobos went bankrupt itself, in part because the Croatian company refused to pay for the vessel.

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The ship then passed to Centraalstaal and in April 2016, the vessel was launched as Joint Runner I for CFL Shipmanagement, but it was never delivered. Centraalstaal went bankrupt in 2021 as well, which saw the vessel returned to Kampen and put up for auction. According to different media, it was sold for EUR 1.2 million.

After almost ten years since its keel laying, it appears the vessel will now finally be put into service for Vertom after being completed by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards.

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