Vertom Group launches third 7,000 DWT vessel MV Vertom Tomma at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards

July 6 2023

Vertom Group (The Netherlands), one of the leading short sea shipping operators in Europe, christened and successfully launched the MV Vertom Tomma today. The vessel, built by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, is the third dry cargo vessel in a series of ten vessels being built at the shipyard in Kampen. MV Vertom Tomma is named after Mrs. Tomma Warnders, wife of Warner Warnders, board member of the Vertom Shipping & Trading division.

The MV Vertom Tomma is part of the Labrax-7000 series. An innovative dry cargo vessel specifically
designed with diesel-electric propulsion. The series marks an important milestone in the development
of sustainable shipping solutions, and is therefore fully in line with the ambitions of both the Vertom
Group and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards to make a substantial contribution to the transition to an
emission-free shipping industry.

The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of the MV Vertom Tomma, in combination with the
advanced power-management system, minimizes energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and
reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first
two newbuild vessels, MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta. In addition, the installed propulsion
power on board MV Vertom Tomma is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity
and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60m, a width of 14.30m and a full-box cargo
hold of 329,700 cuft (7,280 dwt), the Labrax 7000dwt series offers competitive transport solutions.

The launch of the MV Vertom Tomma is an important milestone for Vertom, as the company has the
ambition to continue to invest in sustainable shipping technologies and continue to expand the fleet.
The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and provides a comfortable and
safe working environment for the crew during their voyages.

Arjan de Jong, CEO of Vertom Group – “We are proud of our third newbuild vessel, the MV Vertom
Tomma, whose christening and launching took place today. Sister ships MV Vertom Patty and MV
Vertom Cyta are already operational and we are excited about the performance and results we are
seeing so far. Moreover, we are very satisfied with the good cooperation between Thecla Bodewes
Shipyards and Vertom. We look forward to the arrival of the next seven ships.”

Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards – “As a shipyard we understand the need to keep
investing in pragmatic and sustainable shipping solutions. The MV Vertom Tomma, the third ship in the
Labrax-7000dwt series, is an excellent example of how our yard uses advanced technologies. In
collaboration with our regular co-makers, we develop the complete ship design as optimally as
possible. We offer an attractive product to environmentally conscious, progressive shipping companies
such as the Vertom Group.”

The festive launch took place on July 5, 2023, at the yard of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen. The
christening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Tomma Warnders, who gave a lively speech and, as
tradition dictates, broke a bottle of champagne against the ship's bow. Due to the stormy weather, the
launch was carried out a day later on July 6, 2023, of course in the presence of the godmother, her
family and guests. The MV Vertom Tomma will be commissioned in Kampen in the coming weeks,
followed by sea trials in the North Sea. Delivery of the MV Vertom Tomma is scheduled for September
of this year.