Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has delivered the third of ten vessels in the Labrax series to shipping company Vertom. A week before delivery, the Vertom Tomma left the shipyard in Kampen for sea trials from the port of Harlingen.

The 7280-DWT multi-purpose vessel Vertom Tomma is hull number three of ten in the Labrax series, and is the result of years of investment in clean, economical and modular diesel-electric propulsion systems. Equipped with four off-the-shelf truck sized generator sets and twin a-synchronous propulsion engines, the Labrax series surpasses the consumption figures of vessels of comparable size and deadweight.

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LABRAX design

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 subsequently extended. The first vessel, the Vertom Patty, was delivered in December 2022. Hull construction works for the next vessels in the LABRAX series are ongoing at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards.  Further deliveries are scheduled from 2023 to 2025.

Picture by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards.

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