‘LakerMax’ newbuild to be chartered with BBC Chartering after delivery

The first newbuilding of the “LakerMax” series of fifteen dwt 13,000 multipurpose triple deckers will be delivered this week by Taizhou Sanfu Heavy Industry, China, to its owners Leer-based Briese Group.

After the delivery, the newly built BBC Leer will enter a long-term employment (time charter) with BBC Chartering for worldwide trading.

Fourteen more vessels of multipurpose heavy-lift triple deckers will be delivered to BBC Chartering until 2026.

The vessels – BBC Leer and sister ships – are equipped with two Liebherr LS 250 shipboard cranes, whilst bridge and crew accommodation are located at the front of the ship, with the two cranes located portside.

Specifically, BBC Leer comes with two Liebherr LS 250 cranes, more than 2,800 sqm unobstructed space on the weather deck, a cargo intake of almost 26,000 cbm and more than 5,000 sqm covered floor space under deck, as BBC Chartering explains in a social media post.

The design of the BBC ‘LakerMax’ vessels has been optimized to still fit both the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes, whilst trading worldwide.

The vessels are certified to operate with open hatches.

“With BBC LEER and her sister vessels, we will be adding a fleet of most modern and versatile multipurpose heavy-lift vessels and maintain our capability to serve our clients in worldwide trades with highest efficiency and reliability,” said Ulrich Ulrichs, chief executive of BBC Chartering.