Launching shallow water pusher “TENACIOUS” at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen

Friday 15 May, the shallow water pusher “TENACIOUS” was launched at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen.

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“TENACIOUS”, with yard number 351, is the second pusher TB Shipyards builds in Kampen for its French client Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT). After the successful delivery of sister ship “AMBITIOUS” in February last year, CFT quickly decided to have another KP1250 Pusher built in Kampen.

Due to the shallow draft of up to 1.5 m, the KP1250 Pusher is particularly suitable for shallow waters and the increasingly frequent low water periods on the rivers, making the KP1250 Pusher an excellent fit for the fleet of client CFT, which is the market leader in river transport in France and expanding its fleet to the Danube.

After the launch, the pusher is moored at the quay in Kampen, where the ship will be put into operation and prepared for the sea trials. “TENACIOUS” will be delivered to CFT at the end of June.

The relationship between CFT and the Thecla Bodewes yards has lasted more than 15 years in which the shipyard has been able to build various types of ships for the Rhône and the Seine, from LPG to mineral oils and now these pushers for the Danube.

The ship “TENACIOUS” is the first of 6 pushers that the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards Group has currently under construction at the shipyard in Kampen and at Barkmeijer Shipyards in Stroobos. These pushers are built for French, German and Dutch clients and will be completed in 2020-2021.