Netherlands-based Longship Group has placed an order for two new Bijlsma Trader 6000 vessels at Bijlsma Shipyard, which is a part of the VEKA Shipbuilding Group.
The first vessel is slated for delivery in the last quarter of this year while the second vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of next year.
The $25m (€21m) deal represents a joint venture between Longship and the VMS Shipping Group, with each firm holding an equal share.
VMS will be responsible for technical management while Longship will oversee commercial management.
Longship managing partner and CEO Øyvind Sivertsen said: “This is a milestone in Longship’s 11 years’ history. As an industrial carrier, we further implement our vision of a homogeneous modern fleet. Longship serves and fully meets the requirements and priorities of our industrial customers. We are continuously looking into expansion possibilities and new technologies to ensure sustainable growth that will keep our fleet up to date and future proof.”
With a total length of 103.48m, the Bijlsma Trader 6000 will have a deadweight of nearly 6,080mt and a holding capacity of approximately 270,000ft³.
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This multi-purpose vessel will be equipped with tween decks, making it suitable for heavy cargo.
Longship managing partner Michel Cigrang said: “When I joined Longship as a partner in 2014, I saw a lot of opportunities and challenges in this segment. Coastal shipping underwent many changes in respect of financing, ownership and most important the environmental aspect of the trade. It is paramount for us to find solid financial partners who can assist our growth in making coastal shipping more ecological. Consolidation of our market is inevitable too. I am a strong believer of our growth strategy. The first steps were made at the end of last year by acquiring 50% of Wagle Chartering. And we are looking at other opportunities as well.”
The new vessels will feature a 1,600kW engine that will power a nozzled adjustable pitch propeller, heat recovery, shore connection, and ECO performance monitoring software.
The IMO 2050 compliant vessels will cut down CO₂ emissions by 50% and fuel consumption by at least 20% compared with similar tonnages.
VMS Shipping Group CEO Erik van der Wiel said: “Since our founding in 2012, we have managed to achieve a stable growth by taking third-party vessels into our management as well as by participating in several vessels. We are therefore proud that, despite our young existence, we can now realize our first new build project and have a further expansion with our partners.”