Thecla Bodewes Shipyards announces new SALMO series at Nor-Shipping Oslo 2023


After the successful delivery of the first two of eight LABRAX vessels, MV Vertom Patty and MV Vertom Cyta, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards announces the unveiling of the SALMO series at Nor-Shipping 2023 in Oslo – Norway. The SALMO series is the shipyard’s latest product line of innovative Diesel-Electric Propelled Dry Cargo Vessels of 5,000dwt and 6,500dwt.

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards presents its diverse range of dry cargo vessels, shallow draft pushers, innovative dredgers and special service vessels for the inland and shortsea shipping industry this year at the sector’s leading international trade fair, Nor-Shipping, in Oslo-Norway (6 - 9 June 2023; Stand C01-26d - Hall C, Dutch Pavilion).

Nor-Shipping 2023 is all about supporting new sustainable solutions for the maritime industry and in this context Thecla Bodewes Shipyards proudly announces the unveiling of the SALMO: its latest product line of innovative Diesel-Electric Propelled Dry Cargo Vessels of 5,000dwt (208,860 cuft) and 6,500dwt (314,330 cuft). This state-of-the-art vessel series marks a significant milestone in the yard’s commitment to sustainable shipping solutions, aligning with the importance of implementing the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) in new vessel design.

The SALMO series is the successor to the LABRAX series and features a hull form which is specifically developed for diesel-electric propulsion and includes all the experience gained from the larger LABRAX series. Both the SALMO 5,000dwt and 6,500dwt dry cargo vessel offer outstanding advantages in terms of an especially efficient hull shape and reliable diesel-electric propulsion system and fulfils all demands on a dry cargo vessel with highly efficient cargo hold, high stowage numbers, low fuel consumption, and low emission.

The layout of the SALMO series incorporates provisions for future alternative fuel sources and has space allocated for future installation of a fuel supply skid such as methanol, ammonia or hydrogen. Energy storage systems for peak-shaving and low emission harbour operations are possible add-ons to the sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system, which is a standard feature of the SALMO series vessel.

Wilco Smit, Project Developer: “At Thecla Bodewes Shipyards we recognize the urgent need for sustainable solutions that balance economic growth and environmental responsibility. Our SALMO dry cargo vessel series is a testament to our commitment to advancing energy-efficient and eco-friendly shipbuilding practices. By integrating cutting-edge technologies and adhering to lowering the EEDI numbers, we have developed a vessel that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions, making it an ideal choice for environmentally conscious shipping companies.”

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, a leading name in shipbuilding excellence and as a responsible shipyard, acknowledges the crucial need to reduce carbon emissions and optimize energy consumption in maritime transport. By incorporating innovative technologies, advanced propulsion systems and optimized hull designs, the shipyard offers its clients vessels that not only comply with environmental regulations but also deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and operational performance.

Thecla Bodewes, CEO: “We take pride in pushing the boundaries of innovation and setting new benchmarks for sustainable shipbuilding. With the launch of our SALMO series dry cargo vessels, we are confident in our ability to provide the maritime industry with efficient, eco-friendly, and futureready vessels.”

Key features of the SALMO 5,000dwt and 6,500dwt dry cargo vessel include:

• Advanced Hull Design: Extensive research and hydrodynamic analysis have resulted in a streamlined hull form that minimizes resistance and optimizes fuel consumption.

• Efficient Propulsion Systems: the state-of-the-art diesel-electric propulsion system featuring three truck size high efficiency generator sets, ensure optimal power utilization while reducing emissions and provide for full propulsion redundancy.

• Energy-Saving Technologies: Innovative solutions, such as LED lighting, and smart automation, enhance energy efficiency throughout the vessel.

• Sustainable Materials and Waste Management: Thecla Bodewes Shipyards places great emphasis on sustainable materials and waste management practices during the construction process. From responsibly sourced materials to efficient waste treatment systems, our vessel embodies environmentally friendly principles at every stage.

With 2,999 GT the SALMO-5000 vessel is most suitable for dry cargo, containers on deck and project cargo. The optional Open-Top class notation provides for a full deck opening for larger project cargo transports. With a further optional Ice Class 1A notation the vessel is the ideal match for operating in the Scandinavian waters. The SALMO-5000 measures 87.3m length overall, 13.7m beam and a draught of 6.30m. The single hold layout offers a loading capacity of no less than 208,860 cuft (5,900 m³) loading capacity.

Based on the same hull platform the SALMO-6500 incorporates two holds featuring a total hold volume of 314,330 cuft (9,800 m³). With a hull length of 118.5m, a beam of 13.70m and draught of 5.7m the SALMO-6500 is highly competitive compared to other vessels within the same deadweight range. More details are available upon request and the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards’ representatives will be present during Nor-Shipping 2023 to address all kinds of questions related to the new SALMO-5000 and SALMO-6500, as well as the LABRAX series and other vessels.

Nor-Shipping 2023 takes place from 6 - 9 June 2023 in Oslo-Norway; Thecla Bodewes Shipyards will be present at Stand C01-26d - Hall C, Dutch Pavilion.