Damen Shipyards has sealed a contract deal with Belgian shipping company Fast Lines Belgium, a company controlled by the family Scheers, for the delivery of two Damen Combi Freighter 3850 (CF 3850).

“These will be our first new-build vessels and we are confident that the Damen CF 3850 vessels will fit like a glove in the Fast Lines Belgium’s business,” said managing director Catrien Scheers. “Not only are they economical and efficient, our customers will also be able to see for themselves just how low their fuel consumption and therefore their emissions are. This will give us a valuable commercial advantage.”

Alongside the new hull design and an efficient and economic main engine, the vessels will be fitted with Daman’s Triton Remote monitoring system, delivering real-time information on fuel consumption and carbon emissions to the shore-side team as well as the ships’ crew, the shipyard said.

Antwerp-based Fast Lines Belgium saw the CF 3850 as the ideal choice for navigating the energy transition crossroad.

According to Damen, the CF 3850 has the lowest EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) in the short sea cargo vessel market.

Prior to placing its order with Damen, Fast’s architects of transport investigated all the options available for achieving low emissions in an inexpensive manner. This included looking at alternative bio-fuels as well as the latest advances in design and efficiency.

“We are delighted to welcome Fast Lines Belgium into the Damen family,” added Luc Joos, sales manager Belgium at Damen Shipyards.

“They reviewed all the options available to them in detail before opting for the CF 3850. We are confident that their new vessels will deliver the performance that they and their customers seek.”