Thecla Bodewes Shipyards signs major shipbuilding contract with Carisbrooke Shipping for a LABRAX vessel


KAMPEN, the Netherlands – Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, a leading shipbuilder with a reputation for excellence in the maritime industry, is pleased to announce the signing of a major shipbuilding contract with Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, a well-established family owned shipping company. The contract marks a milestone in the growth and expansion of both companies as they embark on a joint journey to further expand the successful Labrax 7280dwt diesel-electric multipurpose dry cargo vessel series.

The contract signing ceremony took place in the beginning of September 2023, bringing together key representatives from both parties, including Mrs. Thecla Bodewes, CEO of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and Mrs. Helen Tveitan, CEO of Carisbrooke Shipping. The partnership between Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and Carisbrooke Shipping represents a shared commitment to innovation, sustainability and the advancement of maritime transportation.

The construction of the Labrax 7280dwt multipurpose dry cargo vessel represents a significant investment by Carisbrooke Shipping in the renewal of its fleet, which will play a critical role in enhancing its global shipping operations.

The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of the Labrax 7280dwt vessel, in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimizes energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first three newbuild vessels, MV Vertom Patty, MV Vertom Cyta and MV Vertom Tomma. In addition, the installed propulsion power on board of the Labrax vessels is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60m, a width of 14.30m and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft, the Labrax series offers competitive transport solutions.

The order of Carisbrooke Shipping brings the Labrax dry cargo series to a total of eleven vessels build by the shipyard, ten of which are built for Vertom Group in Rhoon, the Netherlands. The Labrax vessel for Carisbrooke Shipping, hull number eleven, is planned to be delivered in 2026.