Wilson Flex V soon to arrive in Europe

The Norwegian shortsea liner shipping company, Wilson, has welcomed the fifth and last Wilson Flex vessel to its fleet. The newly built vessel will operate in the Baltic sea, North Sea, Mediterranean and the Black sea.

The first Wilson Flex joined the Wilson fleet in June of this year. The five ships have been taken over by Wilson from their partner, the German company, Arkon Shipping. The Wilson Flex design, naval architecture, construction and system engineering was handled by Groot Ship Design and Dayang Offshore Equipment.

The Wilson Flex ships can sail with open hatches, and the bridge is in front of the vessel, thus, it can load larger units. In addition, the Wilson Flex ships can load up to 4200 tonnes with dry cargo.

The Wilson Flex ships are Hanse Eco class vessels and meet IMO Tier III emissions standards, which will be compulsory for new vessels from 2025 onwards. Indeed, they are equipped with support from an electric motor and a waste gas treatment unit. Lastly, the optimised hull shape leads to a 20 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to traditional ships.

Author: Emma Dailey

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