Vessels under contruction at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China. Credit: Damen

German Shipowners Return to Damen for Fuel-Efficient Freighters

Mike Schuler
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July 15, 2022

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has disclosed two two-ship orders from German shipowners for Damen’s “Combi” bulk freighters.

The orders were placed by Reederei Wessels and HS Shipping Group (HS Schiffahrt), both from Haren (Ems) in northern Germany. Both ordered two Damen Combi Freighter 3850 (CF 3850) vessels.

HS Shipping Group and Reederei Wessels are also repeat customers with Damen Shipyards.

“The positive experiences of these ship owners with Damen are very encouraging,” said Remko Bouma, a sales manager at Damen Cargo Vessels. “We believe that with the new CF 3850, we can offer a general purpose vessel that performs extremely well. Their belief in this concept and the previous experiences, have made the co-operation with both Ems-based companies very pleasant.”

Damen’s newly designed Combi Freighter 3850, with a 3850 tonnes deadweight, measures 89.70 meters length overall at 12.50 meter beam. Damen says they are capable of maintaining more then 10 knots of speed in headwinds when fully loaded, with a redesigned hydrodynamic hull shape and a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine. So far it has four of the vessels already in operation and 13 on order.

The vessels will be built in series at the Damen Yichang Shipyard in China.

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