MV VERTOM PATTY, first in a series of six 7,000 dwt multi purpose vessels successfully delivered to Vertom Group

22 december 2022

A great start to the festive season: the team of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards is pleased to announce the official delivery and handing over of MV VERTOM PATTY to the Vertom Group. MV VERTOM PATTY is the first in a series of six 7,000 dwt diesel-electric multipurpose dry cargo vessels to be built by the Dutch yard. The newbuilding vessels are ordered by the Vertom Group, one of the leading short sea shipping operators within Europe. The official delivery of the vessel took place at the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards facility in Harlingen. A series of sea trials conducted in the North Sea proved that the vessel is capable of exceeding her contract specifications. The sophisticated and modular designed diesel-electric propulsion system is a further example of the shipyard’s focus on delivering future proof sustainable vessels by using innovative solutions. With her innovative hull design and diesel- electric propulsion system there is no doubt that the MV Vertom Patty will turn heads wherever she goes. “MV Vertom Patty is a great addition to our fleet,” says Arjan de Jong, CEO of Vertom Group. “Her size and volume in combination with her extremely low fuel consumption numbers perfectly matches our company targets to reduce carbon intensity by 40% by 2030. After the successful sea trials, we are glad to see she is ready for her maiden voyage.” “This is a big step, and a proud day, for us,” commented Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards. “The combination of partners that came together to construct these high specification vessels, designed to trade safely and efficiently in the challenging short-sea shipping market conditions, is truly remarkable. Our ships are ready for the energy transition and demonstrate again that Dutch technology is leading the world.” Along with its 118.83m length over all, a beam of 14.30m and a 6.23m draft, these 7,000dwt vessels are especially developed to Vertom Group’s requirements for providing tailor-made shipping solutions for their clients. The completely box-shaped cargo holds ensure optimal loading flexibility and maximum cargo intake. The detailed engineering is, performed by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, in close collaboration with Groot Ship Design. The CFD optimization of the hull design was performed for a fuel-efficient speed-power performance, powered by a future proof modular electric propulsion system. This system distributes the vessel’s energy load more efficiently, by using several smaller engines that adjust to the current sailing profile for the most efficient combustion. This hybrid concept is designed to be ready for future developments, by means of the ability to make the vessel’s propulsion methanol-electric or hydrogen-electric.

Next deliveries

Keel laying ceremonies of both hull number 359 and hull number 360 took place in September this year. All the six vessels are being developed and constructed at the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards facility in Kampen, the Netherlands, in collaboration with experienced Dutch suppliers and subcontractors. 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 pushers, fuel efficient multipurpose vessels and state- of-the-art dredgers.

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.