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Spliethoff places order
for six new-generation
multipurpose ships

2017-03-14

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Amsterdam-based shipping company Spliethoff has placed an order for six multipurpose vessels at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., shipyard in China.

The vessels of this new R-Class are designed in accordance with the Polar Code and are described by Spliethoff as being " highly suitable to trade in remote areas such as the Arctic. _Moreover, they will be optimized for fuel efficiency and equipped with scrubbers to reduce their environmental footprint as much as possible. Length overall is 165 meters and deadweight is approximately 18,000 tons."

With a hold length of over 100 meters and Heavy Lift cranes which are combinable, the vessels are designed to operate in the specialized breakbulk market with heavy and outsized cargoes.

The accommodation, including the navigation bridge, is situated at the bow end of the vessel and ultra-long pieces of, for instance, windmill components, will be well-protected when carried on deck. (See artist rendering photo.)

The first vessel of the series, named mv Raamgracht is scheduled to be delivered in January 2019, followed, in regular intervals of two months, by her five sisters: mv Realengracht, mv Reguliersgracht, mv Rijpgracht, mv Ringgracht and mv Rozengracht.

The Spliethoff Group manages a fleet of over 100 multi-purpose and semi-submersible vessels engaged in the worldwide transport - including in North America's Great Lakes - of project and heavy lift cargoes.

 
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