After the delivery of the first two of eight LABRAX vessels, MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards will present the SALMO series at Nor-Shipping 2023 in Oslo, Norway. The SALMO series is the yard’s latest product line of innovative Diesel-Electric Propelled Dry Cargo Vessels of 5000 and 6500 DWT.

The state-of-the-art SALMO vessel series marks a significant milestone in the yard’s commitment to sustainable shipping solutions, aligning with the importance of implementing the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) in new vessel design.

The SALMO series is the successor to the LABRAX series and features a hull form which is specifically developed for diesel-electric propulsion and includes all the experience gained from the larger LABRAX series. Both the SALMO 5000 DWT and 6500 DWT dry cargo vessel offer outstanding advantages in terms of an especially efficient hull shape and reliable diesel-electric propulsion system and fulfils all demands on a dry cargo vessel with highly efficient cargo hold, high stowage numbers, low fuel consumption, and low emission.

The layout of the SALMO series incorporates provisions for future alternative fuel sources and has space allocated for future installation of a fuel supply skid such as methanol, ammonia or hydrogen. Energy storage systems for peak-shaving and low emission harbour operations are possible add-ons to the sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system, which is a standard feature of the SALMO series vessel.

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Advancing energy-efficient shipbuilding

Wilco Smit, Project Developer: ‘At Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, we recognise the urgent need for sustainable solutions that balance economic growth and environmental responsibility. Our SALMO dry cargo vessel series is a testament to our commitment to advancing energy-efficient and eco-friendly shipbuilding practices. By integrating cutting-edge technologies and adhering to lowering the EEDI numbers, we have developed a vessel that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions, making it an ideal choice for environmentally conscious shipping companies.’

‘We take pride in pushing the boundaries of innovation and setting new benchmarks for sustainable shipbuilding,’ adds Thecla Bodewes, CEO. ‘With the launch of our SALMO series dry cargo vessels, we are confident in our ability to provide the maritime industry with efficient, eco-friendly, and future-ready vessels.’

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Key features SALMO series

Key features of the SALMO 5000 DWT and 6500 DWT dry cargo vessel include:

  • Advanced Hull Design: Extensive research and hydrodynamic analysis have resulted in a streamlined hull form that minimizes resistance and optimizes fuel consumption.
  • Efficient Propulsion Systems: the state-of-the-art diesel-electric propulsion system featuring three truck size high efficiency generator sets, ensure optimal power utilization while reducing emissions and provide for full propulsion redundancy.
  • Energy-Saving Technologies: Innovative solutions, such as LED lighting, and smart automation, enhance energy efficiency throughout the vessel.
  • Sustainable Materials and Waste Management: Thecla Bodewes Shipyards places great emphasis on sustainable materials and waste management practices during the construction process. From responsibly sourced materials to efficient waste treatment systems, our vessel embodies environmentally friendly principles at every stage.

With 2999 GT, the SALMO-5000 vessel is most suitable for dry cargo, containers on deck and project cargo. The optional Open-Top class notation provides for a full deck opening for larger project cargo transports. With a further optional Ice Class 1A notation the vessel is the ideal match for operating in Scandinavian waters. The SALMO-5000 measures 87.3 metres in length overall, has a 13.7-metre beam and a draught of 6.30 metres. The single hold layout offers a loading capacity of no less than 208,860 cuft (5900 m3) loading capacity.

Based on the same hull platform, the SALMO-6500 incorporates two holds featuring a total hold volume of 314,330 cuft (9800 m3). With a hull length of 118.5 metres, a beam of 13.70 metres and draught of 5.7 metres, the SALMO-6500 is highly competitive compared to other vessels within the same deadweight range.

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