Dutch headquartered Damen Shipyards Group has launched a Combi Freighter (CF) 3850 at the Ba Son Shipyard in Vietnam.

The CF 3850 is the first in a two-vessel order from Germany-based shipping company Reederei M. Lauterjung and following this order this client has placed an order for a third CF 3850, with the vessels to be named MV “Arion”, MV “Hestia” and MV “Neptune”.

The orders for the CF vessels mark the first time that the family companies have worked together, and the Reederei M. Lauterjung Managing Director Kay Lauterjung says that his company was attracted to Damen as a result of its track record and the high renown of the CF 3850 design in the industry:

“We contracted Damen for these three CF 3850 vessels due to the shipbuilder’s excellent reputation, high quality standards and state-of-the-art ship designs. This is the first time we have constructed a vessel in Vietnam, and we have full confidence in Damen to oversee the success of the project. We are pleased to see the project proceeding smoothly and punctually and are very happy with the excellent cooperation with Damen and the Ba Son shipyard. We look forward to taking delivery of the MV Arion in summer this year, and to further strengthening our cooperation with Damen in the future.”

“We were very grateful to Reederei M. Lauterjung for placing its trust in Damen. “Our family companies are enjoying a fruitful collaboration. Reederei M. Lauterjung have provided us with a lot of input for the development of their vessels. Damen values feedback such as this from its clients tremendously. It helps us to continue to optimise our vessels and ensures their continued relevance for our customers,” says Remko Bourna, Commerical Director Damen Cargo Vessels.

Upon delivery, MV Arion and MV Hestia will enter into a long-term charter with Amadeus Schiffahrts- und Speditions, a subsidiary of HGK Shipping. Under the term of the charter agreement, the vessels will operate under the names “Amadeus Pearl” and “Amadeus Ruby”.

“We are excited to announce our long-term charter agreement with Reederei M. Lauterjung for these two vessels. Their addition to our fleet marks a milestone for us, expanding our portfolio with newbuilds in this segment for the first time. With the brand-new Damen CF 3850, Amadeus is progressively strengthening its position in the Northern European short sea shipping sector, becoming more independent and meeting the requirements of our longstanding customers,” says Wolfgang Nowak, Managing Director of Amadeus Schiffahrts- und Speditions.

Damen is able to tailor the CF 3850 to meet client demands with a series of options, and in the case of the vessels for Reederei M. Lauterjung, the shipbuilder is supplying the vessels with NAABSA (not always afloat but safely aground), enabling them to operate in dry ports.

Source: Damen Shipyards Group