New multipurpose vessel gets ready to haul wind blades
A month after its launch, the second Ecobox XL multipurpose vessel has left the Ferus Smit Shipyard in Leer and arrived at Delfzij. The vessel is now set to complete sea trials, testing of its two cranes, and completing the final preparations for its maiden voyage.
To remind, Ferus Smit Shipyard launched the newbuilding, the Nb. 461, named FWN Arctic at the end of May. It is the second vessel in a series of two delivered to ForestWave. It is also an Ecobox XL design, the evolution of Ecobox and Ecobox DP series that the yard already built over the recent years. It is also the second vessel that was ordered by Symphony Shipping before ForestWave took over the company at the start of the year.
Following the takeover, and just before the launch of FWN Arctic, ForestWave placed an order of its own with Ferus Smit Shipyards for two more project cargo Ecobox XL vessels. The vessels will feature box shaped single hold including complete movable tweendeck, resulting in large space for project cargo, up to 112 metres in length on tweendecks. It will also feature two 85-ton cargo cranes. Delivery of the two vessels is scheduled for 2024 and 2025.
A multipurpose vessel for extra long project cargo
The design focuses on loading extra long items, such as windmill blades, while at the same time still maintaining good capabilities as a general cargo ship. The modifications in design and systems are also aimed to further enhance the vessel’s green performance with a reduction of the EEDI-score to a new class reference standard.
FWN Arctic, according to the company’s brief statement will transport a full load of 80-metre long wind turbine blades from Spain to Sweden on her first assignment.