Erik Thun AB has granted Ferus Smit Shipyards an order for building an additional four new vessels. The contracts consist of two multi-purpose dry cargo vessels and two coastal tankers.

The 5100-DWT dry cargo vessels have ice class 1B and add to the four “Lake Vanern Max” vessels Erik Thun had previously ordered. The vessels are built as per max dimension at present locks up to Lake Vanern, but are prepared to be lengthened when new locks are in force within a period of seven to eight years. 

The Lake Vanern Max is equipped with a battery pack, making it a hybrid vessel. The battery power is utilised for peak shaving and power smoothening, reducing the reliance on auxiliary engines for electricity generation and can stay at anchor without using auxiliary engines. Shore connection enables clean and silent port operations. 

The ships feature a large diameter propeller operating within a nozzle. This configuration delivers increased thrust, particularly at lower speeds, resulting in reduced power demand during challenging seaways and icebreaking operations.

Also read: Ferus Smit launches first tanker of new class, Thun Resource

R-Class tanker

The coastal tankers add to the six previously ordered resource efficient “R-class” tankers. The R-Class vessels are a further development of the E-class tankers that were recently delivered to Thun. The vessels have identical main dimensions, but this time with thirteen coated cargo tanks.

The new vessels measure 7999 DWT and have a cargo volume of 9700 m3 in thirteen cargo tanks (coated). The main dimensions are Loa 115 metres, B 15.9 metres, and draught 6.95 metres. Ice class will be 1A, suited for for year-round Baltic service with a 1950 kW main engine.

The total of fourteen vessels will be delivered between 2024 and 2027.

‘With these new orders, we are again able to maintain continuity at our yards during these challenging times,’ states Ferus Smit in response to the contracts.

Also read: Erik Thun orders new short sea vessel series from Ferus Smit