Texas-based breakbulk and heavy lift cargo transporter Intermarine has expanded the company’s fleet with the addition of six Ecolift F900 vessels to efficiently support clients’ cargo and trade requirements.
The 13,300DWT vessels will join the company’s Fleet of the Future from Hudong and Wenchong shipyards in China, reported breakbulk.com.
All the new builds will feature two cranes with a combined lifting capacity of up to 900 metric tonnes.
Intermarine Tonnage Procurement managing director Frank Fischer said: "The vessels are an efficient upgrade to our existing bridge-forward F-Class ships.
"They have the advantage of better stability, larger holds, improved cranes and reduced consumption."
"We partnered with CSSC Leasing to provide these vessels with long-term charters due to their financial stability and global reach."
The vessels are expected to be delivered within a two year period starting from early 2017 and 2018.
With the delivery of the new vessels, the number of Intermarine vessels with over 800 metric tonnes lifting capacity will increase from six to 12.
Intermarine president and CEO Al Stanley said: "The six Ecolift F900s complement the 15 Ecolift F500s already on order."
"Given the increased environmental regulations, we focused on developing a Fleet of the Future that meets the current and future standards, while providing a stable level of capacity for our clients, the Ecolift F900 meets those goals."
In May 2014, the company launched a fleet renewal programme by placing orders for 15 Ecolift F500 from Sanfu Shipyard & Huanghai, China.
The vessels are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2016.
Additionally, the company added Industrial Grace, a P2 type vessel, 19,450DWT super heavy lifter to its global fleet.
Intermarine provides ocean transportation and marine logistics services across the Americas, West Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Australia and other international ports.
Image: An artist’s impression of 13,300DWT Intermarine vessels. Photo: courtesy of Intermarine