Dutch shipping company Transtal Shipping has contracted Thecla Bodewes Shipyards for the construction of a diesel-electric propelled multi-purpose vessel. The 5100-DWT dry cargo vessel SALMO has been fully developed by the shipyard’s in-house design team.

SALMO marks the start of the yard’s second building line following its strategic growth ambitions.

Scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2024, the innovative SALMO 5100 DWT fits into Transtal Shipping‘s sustainable fleet renewal strategy. Transtal Shipping, based in Spijk (Groningen, the Netherlands), is an expert in short-sea shipping solutions and operates with its fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, European continental waters, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Baltic Sea.

The diesel-electric vessel will be equipped with three generator sets of 532 bkW each and two electric motors of 600 ekW each, resulting in competitive fuel consumption figures with an average consumption of less than 3 tonnes of marine gas oil (MGO) per day.

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SALMO series

The SALMO series is the latest product line of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and consists of modularly built innovative diesel-electric dry cargo vessels with deadweight capacities between 5100 and 6500 DWT. The state-of-the-art vessels are based on sustainable shipping solutions and are over 35 per cent below the current IMO EEDI Phase 3 levels.

The 2999 GT SALMO offers unique advantages due to its highly efficient hull shape combined with a reliable diesel-electric propulsion system. The hull shape of the vessels has been specially developed for this type of propulsion and incorporates the knowledge and experience gained from previously built vessels and the larger LABRAX series (7280 DWT).

Furthermore, the vessel meets all the requirements of a dry cargo vessel with a highly efficient cargo hold, low fuel consumption and low emissions.

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Future-proof shipbuilding

With its modularly installed diesel-electric propulsion system, the SALMO is ready for the energy transition and for future alternative fuels such as methanol or hydrogen. Space has been reserved on board for alternative energy sources without having to replace the electric propulsion system. This makes the SALMO a pioneer when it comes to future-proof and intelligent on-board propulsion systems.

With a length of 87.30 metres, a beam of 13.70 metres and a draught of 6.30 metres, the vessel offers a cargo capacity of 5100 DWT and a generous volume of 208,360 cuft (5900 m3).

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