Damen Shipyards has signed a contract with Fast Lines Belgium for the delivery of two Damen Combi Freighters 3850 (CF 3850). It is the Belgian shipping company’s first purchase from Damen.

Fast Lines Belgium chose the CF 3850 based on its performance as the cleanest and most economical vessel available in its class.

Prior to placing its order with Damen, Fast’s architects of transport reviewed all the options available to achieve minimal emissions in an economic manner. This included looking at alternative bio-fuels as well as the latest advances in design and efficiency. According to the shipbuilder, the CF 3850 has the lowest EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) in the short sea cargo vessel market.

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Remote monitoring

Alongside the new hull design and an efficient and economic main engine, the vessels will be fitted with Daman’s Triton Remote monitoring system, delivering real-time information on fuel consumption and carbon emissions to the shore-side team as well as the ships’ crew.

‘These will be our first new-build vessels and we are confident that the Damen CF 3850 vessels will fit like a glove in the Fast Lines Belgium’s business,’ says managing director Catrien Scheers. ‘Not only are they economical and efficient, our customers will also be able to see for themselves just how low their fuel consumption and therefore their emissions are. This will give us a valuable commercial advantage.’

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