The Dutch shipbuilder Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has announced that they signed a shipbuilding contract with Groningen-based short-sea shipowner Transtal Shipping B.V., for the construction of a diesel-electric propelled multi-purpose vessel with scheduled delivery in fall of 2024.

The ordered 5,100 dwt dry cargo vessel SALMO has been fully developed by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards’ own in-house design team, and marks the start of the yard’s second building line following its strategic growth ambitions.

The 2,999 GT SALMO has a length of 87.30 meters, a beam of 13.70 meters and a draught of 6.30 meters. The vessel offers a cargo capacity of 5,100 dwt and a generous volume of 208,360 cuft (5,900 m³).

The diesel-electric SALMO will be equipped with three generator sets of 532bkW each and two electric motors of 600 ekW each, resulting in competitive fuel consumption figures with an average consumption of less than 3 tons of MGO per day, as Teckla Bodewes says.

The SALMO has a modular installed diesel-electric propulsion system and is ready for the energy transition and for future alternative fuels such as methanol or hydrogen, as the space has been reserved on board for alternative energy sources without having to replace the electric propulsion system, the shipbuilder mentions.