NOVEMBER 22, 2013 — Westerbroek, Netherlands, based shipbuilder Scheepswerf Ferus Smit says it has won an order to build six vessels of its new ECOBOX design. The ships will be built for Symphony Shipping, a newly established company with its roots in Singapore.
Family-owned Ferus-Smit builds ships in the dwt range and has shipyards in Westerbroek and Leer, Germany. Both locations are equipped with modern covered building halls in which completely outfitted and coated ring blocks are built. These rings are subsequently assembled on our transverse slipways.The Westerbroek shipyard has a 145 m transvere slipway ,but bridges and locks to the sea limit the maximum breadth of ships built at the yard to 15.87 m.
To enable the company to also offer larger ships the second production site was opened in the year 2000 just across the border in Leer, Germany. The locks of Leer have dimensions of 192 m x 26 m.
The company has a work force of 200 people and produces 6-8 ships a year, keeping design & engineering and production 100% in-house.
The design of ECOBOX is characterized by its flexibility of loading combined with very economical and ecological performance. The design comprises:
A very large single hold of completely box shaped form.
Large loading floor area for project cargoes, including complete movable tweendeck.
Two cargo cranes.
Deckhouse placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling the loading of oversized items over the stern.
Open top notation; sailing in all weather conditions with maindeck hatches opened.
Bulbless canoe type bow design for optimum speed at various drafts and better sustained speed in adverse weather conditions.
Propeller equipped with a duct to reduce the maximum installed propulsion power.
Ferus Smit says the new vessels will be delivered from its Leer shipyard starting from spring 2015.