Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has launched the 7280-DWT vessel, MV Vertom Anette, for the Vertom Group. MV Vertom Anette is the fifth vessel out of twelve ordered by Vertom in the successful LABRAX series.

The launch ceremony took place at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards‘ facility in Kampen on 10 April and featured the traditional christening, as MV Vertom Anette was named and blessed by her Godmother Mrs. Anette Ruttmann, wife of Jürgen Ruttmann, former CEO of MST and former member of the supervisory board of Vertom, marking the vessel’s readiness to embark on its maiden voyage.

The LABRAX series features environmentally friendly design elements aimed at improving operational efficiency using a diesel-electric propulsion system. It was designed by Groot Ship Design and engineered by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards. The series marks an important milestone in the development of sustainable shipping solutions.

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Exceeding expectations

Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, says: ‘The successful launch of MV Vertom Anette underlines our shared commitment to deliver a series of vessels to the market that far exceed expectations. We are honoured to have partnered with Vertom Group to build these remarkable vessels and look forward to delivering the next vessels in the series to Vertom Group.’

‘The performance of the four previously delivered vessels is beyond our expectations,’ adds Arjan de Jong, CEO of Vertom Group. ‘The order of twelve vessels in total provides Vertom and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards with the opportunity to continue improving for more sustainable solutions.’

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The LABRAX series have been specifically optimised to achieve the lowest possible Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). Although not mandatory for diesel-electric propelled cargo vessels, the EEDI of the Vertom Anette performs 38 per cent under the current phase 3 EEDI requirements as required under the IMO MARPOL Convention.

The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of MV Vertom Anette, in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimises energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the other LABRAX newbuild vessels.

In addition, the installed propulsion power on board MV Vertom Anette is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60 metres, a width of 14.30 metres and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft (7280 DWT), the Labrax 7280 DWT series offers competitive transport solutions.

Picture by Maritime Filming Group & Peter Lodder.

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