Spliethoff has festively christened its latest addition to the fleet, MV Bloemgracht, in Batam, Indonesia. Multi-purpose vessel Bloemgracht is the second of a series of two state-of-the-art Spliethoff DP2 B-type vessels.

The christening ceremony took place on Friday, 24 November, but Spliethoff only released the news late last week. The christening was performed by Ms Kimberly Valk, daughter of Spliethoff’s Mr Hans Valk, who stood at the foundation of the B-type vessels’ capabilities some twenty years ago. The event was attended by a select group of guests, among whom were the crew of sister vessel MV Brouwersgracht, which was berthed in the same port.

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Spliethoff DP2 B-type vessels

The DP2 B-type vessels combine the capabilities of an ice-strengthened multi-purpose vessel and a deadweight of some 12,500 mton, with a superior DP2 system, which makes them eminently suitable for offshore delivery of large volumes and weights of cargo.

For fast, safe and efficient loading and unloading of pipes, the vessels have been equipped with a dedicated automated crane system, specially developed for these cargoes. Furthermore, the vessels, sailing under Dutch flag, are equipped with two Huisman 500 mt Heavy Lift Mast cranes, which makes them excellently suited for the transportation of heavy cargoes.

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Scrubbers and SCR

To comply with the strict regulations regarding SOx and NOx emissions, the propulsion and power generation systems have been equipped with scrubbers and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. Combining this with their fuel-efficient design, makes the vessels environmentally friendly and in line with the Spliethoff Group’s continuous pursuit of greener business operations.

MV Bloemgracht has already performed its maiden voyage. In the coming months, the vessel will be deployed in a major Australian project to deliver pipes for a pipeline offshore.

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