Dutch shipbuilder Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has announced the signing of a shipbuilding contract with the family owned Isle of Wight-based Carisbrooke Shipping, for one vessel of the Labrax 7280 dwt diesel-electric multipurpose dry cargo vessel series.

The Labrax series have a length of 118.60m, a beam of 14.30m, 7280 dwt and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft, with the vessel having a diesel-electric propulsion system on board which in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimizes energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions, as the shipyard mentions.

In addition to this, the shipyard states that the installed propulsion power on board of the Labrax vessels is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion.

This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first three newbuild vessels, Vertom Patty, Vertom Cyta and Vertom Tomma. 

The shipbuilding order contract signing ceremony took place in the beginning of September 2023, bringing together key representatives from both parties, including Mrs. Thecla Bodewes, chief executive of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and Mrs. Helen Tveitan, chief executive of Carisbrooke Shipping.

With this fresh new order from Carisbrooke Shipping, it brings the Labrax dry cargo series to a total of eleven vessels being build by the Thecla Bodewes shipyard.

Ten are being built for Vertom Group in Rhoon, the Netherlands, whilst the vessel for Carisbrooke Shipping being the hull number eleven is planned to be delivered in 2026.