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Vertom Group launches third 7,000 DWT vessel MV Vertom Tomma at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards

06 juli 2023

Vertom Group, one of the leading short sea shipping operators in Europe, christened and successfully launched the MV Vertom Tomma today. The vessel, built by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, is the third dry cargo vessel in a series of ten vessels being built at the shipyard in Kampen. MV Vertom Tomma is named after Mrs. Tomma Warnders, wife of Warner Warnders, board member of the Vertom Shipping & Trading division.

The MV Vertom Tomma is part of the Labrax-7000 series. An innovative dry cargo vessel specifically designed with diesel-electric propulsion. The series marks an important milestone in the development of sustainable shipping solutions, and is therefore fully in line with the ambitions of both the Vertom Group and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards to make a substantial contribution to the transition to an emission-free shipping industry.

The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of the MV Vertom Tomma, in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimizes energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first two newbuild vessels, MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta. In addition, the installed propulsion power on board MV Vertom Tomma is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60m, a width of 14.30m and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft (7,280 dwt), the Labrax 7000dwt series offers competitive transport solutions.

The launch of the MV Vertom Tomma is an important milestone for Vertom, as the company has the ambition to continue to invest in sustainable shipping technologies and continue to expand the fleet. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and provides a comfortable and safe working environment for the crew during their voyages.

Arjan de Jong, CEO of Vertom Group – “We are proud of our third newbuild vessel, the MV Vertom Tomma, whose christening and launching took place today. Sister ships MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta are already operational and we are excited about the performance and results we are seeing so far. Moreover, we are very satisfied with the good cooperation between Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and Vertom. We look forward to the arrival of the next seven ships.”

Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards – “As a shipyard we understand the need to keep investing in pragmatic and sustainable shipping solutions. The MV Vertom Tomma, the third ship in the Labrax-7000dwt series, is an excellent example of how our yard uses advanced technologies. In collaboration with our regular co-makers, we develop the complete ship design as optimally as possible. We offer an attractive product to environmentally conscious, progressive shipping companies such as the Vertom Group.”

The festive launch took place on July 5, 2023, at the yard of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen. The christening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Tomma Warnders, who gave a lively speech and, as tradition dictates, broke a bottle of champagne against the ship’s bow. The MV Vertom Tomma will be commissioned in Kampen in the coming weeks, followed by sea trials in the North Sea. Delivery of the MV Vertom Tomma is scheduled for September of this year.

Vertom Group

The Vertom Group, based in Rhoon (The Netherlands), is an experienced and reliable partner that focuses on professional maritime services and support related to sea transport. Vertom constantly monitors market developments and applies the latest technologies to respond to changing customer needs. The Vertom Group currently operates a modern fleet of over a hundred vessels with a loading capacity ranging from 1,500 to 12,000 DWT.

Over the past 45 years, the Vertom Group has built a strong track record in the Short Sea Shipping market. Their extensive international network enables them to provide tailor-made shipping solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers. Vertom offers solutions for all maritime services, with expertise in Shipping & Trade, Port Agencies & Freight Forwarding, Maritime Services, Tanker Chartering and Liner Services.

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, headquartered in Kampen (The Netherlands), is a seventh-generation family business with a combined experience in shipbuilding spanning over three hundred years. The shipyard’s focus is on supplying future-proof smart ships that strive for emission-free shipping using innovative sustainable solutions. With more than 200 newbuild vessels successfully delivered to satisfied customers, 20 of which are diesel-electric, LNG-electric and hydrogen-electric, and more than 15 years of experience with diesel-electric propulsion systems, the shipyard has a proven ability to deliver vessels to the highest standards. In addition to innovative multi-purpose short sea vessels, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards also builds shallow water tugs and pushers, modern dredgers and vessels for special purposes.