Spliethoff's Brouwersgracht is ready for work

Spliethoff’s Brouwersgracht is ready for work

Photo: Spliethoff

Spliethoff has got the final ceremony out of the way before its newly built DP2 B-type vessel, Brouwersgracht, heads out on its first assignment. The company held the christening ceremony in the Cacaohaven of its home port in Amsterdam.

The Christening ceremony was carried out by Mrs N.E. Spliethoff, granddaughter of Johan Fredrik Spliethoff, the founder of the company. Brouwersgracht is the fourth vessel of Spliethoff by this name. The first Brouwersgracht dated from 1950, the second from 1967 and the last but one Brouwersgracht was taken into service in 1980.

A unique vessel

During the christening ceremony, the company once again stressed the uniqueness of its vessel, the first in the series. The DP2 B-type vessels combine the capabilities of an ice-strengthened multipurpose vessel and a deadweight of some 12.500 mton, with a superior DP2 system, which makes them eminently suitable for offshore delivery of large volumes and weights of cargo.

For fast, safe and efficient loading and unloading of pipes, the vessels have been equipped with a dedicated automated crane system, specially developed for these cargoes. Furthermore, the vessels, sailing under Dutch flag, are equipped with two Huisman 500 mt Heavy Lift Mast cranes, which makes them excellently suited for the transportation of heavy cargoes. 

The first job

Both, the christened Brouwersgracht and its sister vessel Bloemgracht, which is to be delivered in the coming months, are already booked for their first challenging pipe supply and offshore installation jobs until April 2024, giving them the chance to do what they are designed for right from the start.

Both vessels will be technically and commercially operated by Spliethoff Group sister companies Spliethoff and BigLift Shipping, providing customers with engineered and tailor-made solutions in the various project phases.


To comply with the strict regulations regarding SOx- and NOx-emissions, the propulsion and power generation systems have been equipped with scrubbers and SCR systems. Combining this with their fuel-efficient design, makes the vessels environmentally friendly and in line with the Spliethoff Group’s continuous pursuit of greener business operations.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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