In 2015, Van der Velden Marine Systems, part of the Damen Shipyards Group, has been nominated to supply rudders for five 20,000 TEU mega containerships ordered by China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. The delivery of the rudders is scheduled to take place this year and the vessels are expected to be launched in 2018.
For these vessels, Van der Velden is supplying its largest ATLANTIC rudders with ART™ (Asymmetric Rudder Technology) design and bulb, each having an area of approximately 100 m2 and weighting over 250 tonnes.
The rudders are specially optimised for minimum cavitation at high speed, as well as ensuring first-class course-keeping and manoeuvrability. Their water-lubricated synthetic bearings are long-lasting and require little maintenance. The rudders are designed for easy dismounting when inspections and repairs are needed.
“We are very proud that China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world, has selected Van der Velden Marine Systems as the supplier for the rudders on their newest mega container vessels”, says Van der Velden Marine Systems Managing Director Wim Knoester. “With these contracts, we are pleased to say that we have strengthened our position in the Chinese market.”
New Van der Velden office branch in Tokyo
Van der Velden has recently expanded into the Asian naval market. The Dutch company is recognized for its specialization in the design and production of premium rudders and steering gears. Van der Velden is delivering high quality manoeuvring equipment to all the important shipyards in China, South Korea, Taiwan and India.
Recently, the company’s board has decided to continue to increase its Asian presence by opening its own office in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Masunari Yamamoto is the Van der Velden representative in Japan. Having more than 40 years’ experience in the Japanese naval market, he will be acting as a technical and commercial support in this part of the World.