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PRESS RELEASE: LARGE BULKCARRIERS 12-04-2011

Shipping company Feederlines welcomes a unique series of vessels within its fleet. With the completion of mv UBC Ohio in mid-April the shipping company gains access to the first of a series of six 118.000 tonners, a unique vessel size for bulk carriers under the Dutch flag.

Feederlines strengthens fleet with unique type of vessel
Largest bulk carriers under the Dutch flag

GRONINGEN – Shipping company Feederlines welcomes a unique series of vessels within its fleet. With the completion of mv UBC Ohio in mid-April the shipping company gains access to the first of a series of six 118.000 tonners, a unique vessel size for bulk carriers under the Dutch flag. It is the largest bulk carrier under the Dutch flag, with a payload of up to 118 million kilo’s. Given the current fleet that the company has, with an average capacity of 8,000 tonnes, the new series of vessels is a unique addition to the Feederlines’ fleet.


The six sister vessels, that will be completed between April and December of this year, have a length of 260 metres and are 43 metres wide. The whole series is being built on the Chinese shipyard Dayang. These vessels are described as ‘Neo-Panamax’-vessels, which coincides with the major adjustment of the Panama-Canal. The passing of the Canal will not be possible for this vessel type until the planned expansion of the Canal is realised in 2014. The vessels will be used worldwide for the transport of dry bulk cargo like ore, coal and grain.

The core crew of these vessels will consist of 24 people. ‘When putting together the crew, the shipping company focuses on the Dutch market and will hereby give Dutch officers the unique opportunity to get to know a type of vessel that has not sailed under the Dutch flag for a long time, ‘ says Managing Director Jan van der Laan. With the putting into service of such bulk carriers Feederlines gives a new impulse to maritime labour.

Feederlines BV was founded in 1995 as a part of the Hartmann Group from Leer and over the years has built on the growth of a young, modern fleet. The fleet is partially financed by investors though public marine CV’s. The shipping company currently has a fleet of 52 vessels, varying in capacity from 4.500 to 9.000 tonnes. With these new vessels, the shipping company taps into a whole new segment. The expertise that is present within the Hartmann Group will be used to optimally insert the vessels into the transport market. Feederlines manages the vessels but also uses the expertise of some of its affiliated companies. 
 

Picture gallery MV UBC Ohio