Last week, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards officially handed over the MV Vertom Cyta to owner Vertom Group. It is the second vessel in the 7000-DWT LABRAX series with six more to follow.

The LABRAX series, with a 118-metre length, 14.30-metre beam and 6.20-metre draught, is custom developed to Vertom’s requirements. The completely box-shaped cargo holds ensure maximum loading flexibility and cargo intake. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) optimisation of the hull design has been performed for a fuel-efficient speed-power performance.

The vessel is powered by a future proof modular electric propulsion system to achieve EEDI numbers that are well below the future IMO standards. This modular propulsion concept is designed to be ready for future developments, by means of the ability to make the vessels’ propulsion methanol-electric or hydrogen-electric and to further reduce carbon emissions.

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Deliveries until 2025

Initially, Vertom had ordered six such vessels, but the order was extended with another two last February. The first vessel, the Vertom Patty, was delivered in December 2022. Hull construction works for the next vessels in the LABRAX series have already started at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, with the next in line to be named Vertom Tomma.  Further deliveries are scheduled from 2023 to 2025.

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Watch the ceremonial flag change performed by a crew member of the Vertom Cyta in the video below.

Picture: The Vertom Cyta leaving the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen on 17 April for sea trials (picture by Thecla Bodewes Group).

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