Vertom orders two more 7,000 DTW diesel-electric vessels from Thecla Bodewes Shipyards.

February 6 2023

While the building of the vessels Vertom CYTA and Vertom TOMMA are in full swing, Vertom has ordered the construction of two additional vessels from Thecla Bodewes Shipyards. This makes the total go up to eight 7,000 DTW Diesel-Electric Multi-Purpose Dry Cargo vessels for Vertom as the yard has earlier received the orders for six similar vessels. The additional ordered vessels of the LABRAX series, will have the same specifications, including the optimized hull shape and diesel-electric propulsion system. The LABRAX series, with a 118-meter length, 14.30-meter beam and 6.20- meter draught, is custom developed to Vertom’s requirements for providing tailor-made shipping solutions for their clients. The completely box-shaped cargo holds ensure maximum loading flexibility and cargo intake. CFD optimization of the hull design has been performed for a fuel-efficient speed-power performance. The vessel is powered by a future proof modular electric propulsion system to achieve EEDI numbers which are well below the future IMO standards. This modular propulsion concept is designed to be ready for future developments, by means of the ability to make the vessels’ propulsion methanolelectric or hydrogen-electric and to further reduce carbon emissions. The first vessel of the series, Vertom PATTY, was launched on 23 September 2022. The sea trials with the Vertom PATTY were successfully conducted in the North Sea and took place in December 2022. The Maiden Voyage of the vessel shows the vessel is achieving Vertom’s fuel consumption targets. The upcoming launch of Vertom CYTA will be on 23 February 2023. Hull construction works for the next vessels in the LABRAX series has started at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and with the additional ordered vessels, further deliveries are scheduled from 2023 to 2025.

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards is a family-owned business in the 7th generation with combined experience in shipbuilding of over 300 years. The shipyard’s focus lies with delivering future proof Green Vessels using innovative sustainable solutions to decrease pollution and strive for Zero Emission. With the portfolio of over 200 realized vessels of which 20 diesel-electric, LNG-electric and hydrogen-electric, and over 15 years’ experience with Diesel-Electric Propulsion Systems, the shipyard has demonstrable capability to deliver the vessels in time and to the highest standards, for the benefit of green-conscientious customers world-wide. Thecla Bodewes Shipyards builds shallow draft tugs and pushers, fuel efficient multipurpose vessels, state of-theart dredgers and special purpose vessels.

Vertom Group

The Vertom Group is an experienced and reliable partner focused on professional maritime services and support concerning sea-transport. In the past 45 years, the Vertom Group has built a strong track record in the Short Sea Shipping market. Their extensive international network enables them to provide tailor-made shipping solutions that match the specific needs of their clients. Vertom offers solutions for all maritime services, including Port Agencies and Liner Services. They continuously follow new market developments and apply the latest technologies to anticipate the changing needs of their clients. The Vertom Group currently operates a modern fleet of around 100 vessels in the range 1,500 to 10,000 DWT.