Vertom Group, the Netherlands, one of the leading short sea shipping operators in Europe, christened the MV Vertom Tomma on 5 July, followed by its launch on 6 July. The vessel, built by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, is the third dry cargo vessel in a series of ten being built at the shipyard in Kampen.

MV Vertom Tomma is named after Mrs. Tomma Warnders, wife of Warner Warnders, board member of the Vertom Shipping & Trading division.

The festive ceremony took place on July 5, at the yard of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen. The christening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Warnders, who gave a lively speech and, as tradition dictates, broke a bottle of champagne against the ship’s bow. Due to the stormy weather, the launch was carried out a day later on July 6, of course in the presence of the godmother, her family and guests.

The MV Vertom Tomma will be commissioned in Kampen in the coming weeks, followed by sea trials in the North Sea. Delivery of the MV Vertom Tomma is scheduled for September of this year.

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The MV Vertom Tomma is part of the Labrax-7000 series. An innovative dry cargo vessel specifically designed with diesel-electric propulsion. The series marks an important milestone in the development of sustainable shipping solutions, and is therefore fully in line with the ambitions of both the Vertom Group and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards to make a substantial contribution to the transition to an emission-free shipping industry.

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The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of the MV Vertom Tomma, in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimises energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first two newbuild vessels, MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta.

In addition, the installed propulsion power on board MV Vertom Tomma is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60 metres, a width of 14.30 metres and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft (7280 DWT), the Labrax 7000-DWT series offers competitive transport solutions.

Sustainable shipping solutions

The launch of the MV Vertom Tomma is an important milestone for Vertom, as the company has the ambition to continue to invest in sustainable shipping technologies and continue to expand the fleet.

‘As a shipyard we understand the need to keep investing in pragmatic and sustainable shipping solutions,’ says Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards. ‘The MV Vertom Tomma, the third ship in the Labrax-7000-DWT series, is an excellent example of how our yard uses advanced technologies. In collaboration with our regular co-makers, we develop the complete ship design as optimally as possible.’

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