Bogazici Shipyard in Turkey has laid the keel for NB33 Eems Bison. It is the first in a series of four open top multi-purpose short sea cargo ships for Dutch shipping company Amasus.

Amasus signed the contract for the four vessels with Handelskade Shipsales and Bogazici Shipyard. The Eems B-types are engineered together with DEKC maritime, classed by Lloyd’s Register and measure 89.95 x 14 metres.

The ships will have a single hold with a total capacity of 178,300 cft and are capable of carrying wind turbine blades and constructions in open top condition as well as containers, bulk cargo and break bulk cargoes.

Also read: Amasus orders four multi-purpose shortsea ships

Modular propulsion system

The vessels are powered by a diesel-electric power system, according to the latest technical standards. Following the modular building principle, this configuration makes the ships ready for the use of future non fossil fuels.

Amasus expects the ships to become operational at the end of 2023.

Amasus Eems B-type vessel

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