CLdN grows fleet by 70% with six more vessels yet to come
PRESS RELEASE – With the arrival of the MV Hermine (5400 lane meter), CLdN has welcomed the sixth new vessel since the new build strategy was announced in 2016, with a target to introduce twelve new vessels in subsequent years overall.
The MV Hermin is the fourth 5,400-lane-meter vessel for CLdN. She arrived in Zeebrugge on the 4th of October, marking the completion of phase 2 of the 3-phase-newbuild program.
In addition to this, CLdN confirmed in July this year a further two orders for the same class of vessel, with the enhanced modification of the pair having MAN main engines powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) which will contribute to a further reduction of its fleet emissions.
The vessels will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will have a 320 cubic meter capacity C
type LNG fuel storage tank located on the main deck. The LNG supply chain is currently being set
up in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge where the ships will bunker by barge or truck on a regular basis.
With the latest arrival, CLdN has diversified its fleet and added significant extra cargo capacity in the region of 70%.
CLdN’s first new builds to be delivered were the two 8000 lane meter Ro-Ro vessels, Celine and
Delphine, which were described as ‘Game Changers’ at the time. They were joined by four new
5400 lane meter Ro-Ro’s this year. The latest orders will copy the proved design of their four predecessors, CLdN states.
As CLdN offers integrated solutions, the Ports division C.RO Ports has invested about EUR 200 million to expand its terminals for the arrival of the next-generation vessels.