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Swedish Shipping Operator on Irish Sea Orders 8 Newbuilds Including Resource Efficient Coastal Tankers

23rd January 2023
Swedish lake-based shipping group, Erik Thun AB whose tanker division frequently trades in Irish waters, has returned to a Dutch shipyard with an order for eight newbuilds comprising of four coastal tankers and also four dry-cargoships.
Swedish lake-based shipping group, Erik Thun AB whose tanker division frequently trades in Irish waters, has returned to a Dutch shipyard with an order for eight newbuilds comprising of four coastal tankers and also four dry-cargoships. Credit: shipyardFerusSmit-facebook

A Swedish shipping group which operates to Irish ports, has returned to a shipyard in The Netherlands to build more tankers and also dry-cargoships, writes Jehan Ashmore

Erik Thun AB which has a fleet of almost 50 vessels using four categories including tankers has placed an order for 8 newbuilds at Ferus Smit's Dutch yard.

The contract is for four 7,999 dwt coastal tankers with a Ice Class 1B design and four multi-purpose dry cargo vessels of 5,100 dwt.

The coastal tankers of 114m length overall (LOA) and a beam of 15.87 will add to the two previously ordered resource efficient ’R-class’ coastal tankers as Afloat reported last year.

The focus on this class with cargo tank capacity of about 9,540 m3, is to be the most resource efficient vessels within their trade and have a minimal environmental impact.

All the vessels will be built by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit BV in Westerbroek and delivery is scheduled for between 2024 and 2027.

The new orders according to the shipyard will maintain continuity during these challenging times.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Afloat will be focusing on news and developments of shipyards with newbuilds taking shape on either slipways and building halls.

The common practice of shipbuilding using modular construction, requires several yards make specific block sections that are towed to a single designated yard and joined together to complete the ship before been launched or floated out.

In addition, outfitting quays is where internal work on electrical and passenger facilities is installed (or upgraded if the ship is already in service). This work may involve newbuilds towed to another specialist yard, before the newbuild is completed as a new ship or of the same class, designed from the shipyard 'in-house' or from a naval architect consultancy. Shipyards also carry out repair and maintenance, overhaul, refit, survey, and conversion, for example, the addition or removal of cabins within a superstructure. All this requires ships to enter graving /dry-docks or floating drydocks, to enable access to the entire vessel out of the water.

Asides from shipbuilding, marine engineering projects such as offshore installations take place and others have diversified in the construction of offshore renewable projects, from wind-turbines and related tower structures. When ships are decommissioned and need to be disposed of, some yards have recycling facilities to segregate materials, though other vessels are run ashore, i.e. 'beached' and broken up there on site. The scrapped metal can be sold and made into other items.

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