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Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has been awarded an order for building and delivery of four 7,000dwt  diesel-electric multi-purpose dry cargo vessels for fellow Netherlands-based shipowner Vertom,

The LABRAX 7000 vessels are especially developed to Vertom’s requirements for providing tailor-made shipping solutions to their clients. During detail engineering, CFD optimisation of the hull design has been performed for a fuel-efficient speed-power performance powered by a future proof modular electric propulsion system. The completely box-shaped holds ensure maximum loading flexibility and cargo intake.

A keel laying ceremony took place in the builder’s Kampen yard last week. “We are proud to have been awarded the trust by Vertom for these exciting projects,” said CEO Thecla Bodewes. “This order shows that Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has firmly established as a reputable partner for the design, development and construction of such innovative vessels and we look forward to building what we hope will be a long-term partnership with Vertom by continuing our successful cooperation in the development of these and other exciting projects.”

The four vessels, with a length of 118.6m and beam of 14.3m, will be developed and constructed at Thecla Bodewes’ shipyard in Kampen the Netherlands, in collaboration with experienced Dutch partners. Delivery is scheduled for 2022 and 2023.

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